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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 calls for an infusion of at least $6 billion for federal research agency programs that support scientific infrastructure at colleges and universities.
This table represents the current status of FY22 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).
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 submitted comments to Representative Diana DeGette and Representative Fred Upton regarding the draft authorization language for ARPA-H included in the Cures 2.0 legislative proposal.  
AAU, ACE, and 30 other higher education associations and organizations sent a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Ranking Member Kay Granger (R-TX) supporting the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill and urging committee members to also support the bill during markup.
The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, of which AAU is a member, released a statement on NIH funding in the draft House FY22 Labor-HHS appropriations bill.
Reps. DeGette and Upton released an RFI for Advanced Research Projects Agency - Health (ARPA-H) language calling on members of the public to provide input on issues and questions related to the possible creation of ARPA-H.
Biomedical research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and performed at research universities helps ensure U.S. leadership in the life sciences revolution of the 21st Century.
The document linked below is a May 2021 report from CRS regarding the April 9, 2021 presidential discretionary budget request that proposed the creation of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H).