The National Institutes of Health:
Supporting Medical Research and Our Economy
For decades, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been the world leader in biomedical research. NIH-funded research has led to significant improvements in the health of all Americans. Deaths from cancer, heart disease, and stroke have dropped dramatically, and the quality of life for those with diabetes and HIV/AIDS has improved considerably.
Not only do the grants to NIH-funded researchers all across the United States support critical medical research, they also provide an economic stimulus to local communities in the form of additional business for local employers and high wage jobs for their employees.
Since 2004, the annual budget for the NIH has not kept pace with inflation. Reduced NIH funding equals fewer jobs, slower scientific progress, and a loss of one of America’s greatest resources: the best and the brightest scientists of today…and tomorrow.
What did NIH funding mean for the national economy in FY07?
The NIH budget was increased by 1.3% in FY08.
What would a 6.6%* increase have meant for the national economy? **
What does NIH funding mean for your state’s economy? (click on your state below)
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In Your Own Backyard: How NIH Funding Helps Your State's Economy. A Report from Families USA, June 2008. (www.familiesusa.org)
NIH Dollars Awarded by State (http://report.nih.gov/award/trends/State_Congressional/StateOverview.cfm)
* The amount needed to offset past budgets with flat funding and adjust for biomedical research inflation rates.
** Figures are increases above FY07.
SOURCE: In Your Own Backyard: How NIH Funding Helps Your State's Economy. A Report from Families USA, June 2008. www.familiesusa.org