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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 influenza.


AAU joined APLU to submit comments to the NIH Office of Science Policy regarding their Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance.
This table represents the current status of FY20 appropriations for AAU’s funding priorities at the Departments of Education, Energy, and Defense as well as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, AFRI, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
AAU sent a letter to Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) to oppose provisions in the “SBA Reauthorization and Improvement Act of 2019.”
AAU, along with 91 other higher education organizations and institutions, yesterday sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to express collective concern over the department’s policy imposing substantial barriers to and limiting the use of research using fetal tissue cells
AAMC, AAU, and APLU express deep concerns with the restrictions announced by HHS restricting the use of fetal tissue.
AAU issued a statement to thank House Appropriators for their efforts to increase funding for higher education and scientific research in the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Appropriations Bill.
United for Medical Research released data this week that shows that the NIH budget increases since 2015 have directly and indirectly supported 433,011 jobs nationwide and generated almost $74 billion in related new economic activity.
AAU urges Congress to provide at least $41.6 billion for the National Institutes of Health in FY20.
AAU along with 300 organizations and institutions signed in support of the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research's FY2020 recommendation statement to Congress of at least $41.6 billion for NIH.