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National Institutes of Health

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.

 

Over 60 organizations, including the Association of American Universities, wrote to Senate leaders opposing prohibitions or restrictions that would further impede the use of federal funding for fetal tissue or embryonic stem cell research.
AAU joined 108 national research organizations to oppose cuts to NIH funding and facilities and administrative (F&A) reimbursements in the Administration's FY18 budget.
Multiple coalitions urged members of the 115th Congress to pass a bipartisan budget agreement that increases the spending caps for both defense and non-defense discretionary programs.
AAU urges Congress to provide at least $36.2 billion for the National Institutes of Health in FY18.
AAU urges Congress to provide at least $420 million for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative in FY18
AAU President Mary Sue Coleman applauds congressional leadership "for coming together and forging a sensible compromise on FY17 funding."
Associations call on Congress to finalize FY17 appropriations, and not cut critical student aid and research programs.