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Biomedical research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and performed at research universities helps assure U.S. leadership in the life sciences revolution of the 21st Century. Putting NIH on a sustained pathway to restore its purchasing power after a decade worth of loss to inflation and budget cuts is critical to sustaining the extraordinary progress in the improvement of human health of the past decades. Investment in NIH will continue to create jobs and strengthen the workforce, improve the lives—and quality of life—of millions of current and future patients, and help assure continuing U.S. economic and national security.

Sustained investment in biotechnology and genomics is crucial to the development of novel therapies for diseases, including: cancer, Alzheimer's, autism, and diabetes. The NIH also responds rapidly to public health emergencies and in support of biodefense, such as in the case of Ebola, Zika, and COVID-19.


AAU, and Associations sent a joint letter to House members in opposition to amendment #109 being offered by Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), Rep. Rich McCormick (R-GA), and Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) as part of the consideration of H.R. 5894, the Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY2024
AAU President Barbara R. Snyder applauds the Senate for voting today to confirm Monica Bertagnolli as the director of the National Institutes of Health.
AAU President Barbara R. Snyder sent a letter to leaders in the Senate encouraging “swift Senate floor action” on the nomination of Monica Bertagnolli as the next director of the National Institutes of Health.
AAU and COGR submitted joint comments to the NIH ahead of their upcoming workshop.
AAU joined a FASEB letter to Congress on increased federal support for scientific research with NHPs.
As lawmakers consider measures related to securing federally funded research data and intellectual property, it is important to understand the current state of play for research security in the country to avoid new requirements that are duplicative, unnecessary, or counterproductive

AAU and APLU submitted brief comments today to the National Institutes of Health regarding updates to the NIH Grants Policy Statement, Section 15.2, on proposed requirements for consortium/subaward agreements on NIH-funded grants (notice: 

AAU joined an AAAS letter urging Senate leadership to confirm Monica Bertagnolli as the NIH director.
AAU submitted a response to the National Institutes of Health’s request for public comments to enhance public access to the results of NIH-supported research.
Nearly 400 members of the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, including AAU and many AAU member institutions, joined a statement recommending that Congress provide at least $50.924 billion for the National Institutes of Health in FY24.