Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The Society of Breast Imaging and more than 300 organizations and institutions signed a letter to urge Congress to increase funding to the National Institutes of Health. The letter requests an additional $2 billion to the NIH in 2018.
The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, which represents patient groups, scientific societies, research institutions, and industry, is very grateful to lawmakers for the recent bipartisan, bicameral efforts to strengthen our nation’s investment in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). If the United States is to continue to accelerate the development of life-changing cures, pioneering treatments, and innovative prevention strategies, it is essential to ensure strong, predictable funding increases across the full spectrum of NIH-supported research.
In FY 2018, the Ad Hoc Group recommends an increase of at least $2 billion above FY 2017 for NIH, in addition to funds included in the 21st Century Cures Act for targeted initiatives.
This funding level would enable real growth over biomedical inflation as an important step to ensuring stability in the nation’s research capacity over the long term. Moreover, our recommendation would help advance the scientific momentum envisioned by the 21st Century Cures Act – enacted with broad bipartisan support – in which the Innovation Account supplements the agency’s base budget. Securing a reliable, robust budget trajectory for NIH will be key in positioning the agency – and the patients who rely on it – to capitalize on the full range of research in the biomedical, behavioral, social, and population-based sciences.
We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to ensure NIH remains a national priority in FY 2018.
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