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Research saves lives.
But today, federal funding for medical research simply isn’t where it needs to be. As a result:
- It’s harder for doctors and scientists who aspire to research careers to break in to medical research.
- Doctors and scientists who have started their research careers are finding it harder to get their research funded.
- Now, we risk falling behind in finding breakthroughs in treatment and prevention strategies for millions of Americans — people who are facing cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and other life-threatening diseases.
In real dollars, federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—one of the premier funders of medical research—has fallen by nearly 18% since 2003.
NIH funding is critical for medical researchers—yet right now, the average researcher’s work has only a 1 in 6 chance of being funded.
More than 50% of the NIH’s external funding for lifesaving research goes to faculty and their teams at U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals—where tomorrow’s doctors and scientists are trained.
Doctors and scientists are dedicating their lives to the care of patients.
It’s time for Congress to do its part. If our elected officials provide predictable, sustainable increases in NIH funding now, it will pay a lifetime of dividends in the form of better health for all Americans.
It’s up to us to make that happen.