NIH Research Funding Trends
U.S. Biological and Medical Research Funding Has Fallen
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has lost 22 percent of its
capacity to fund research due to budget cuts, sequestration, and
Because of inflation, a dollar’s worth of research in 2003 would cost $1.44 today.
Less funding capacity means fewer research grants, resulting in:
- Fewer new discoveries
- Laboratory closures
- Talented scientists leaving research
During this same period, China increased its research budgets by approximately 13 percent per year.
We Can Protect U.S. Biomedical Research with Sustained and Predictable Growth
A 5 percent annual increase can restore NIH to 2003 levels by 2025.
The proposed budget for NIH (S. 1695) will jump start this restoration! If passed, it would raise NIH funding by $1.773 billion in FY 2016 – a 5.8 percent increase.
FASEB recommends sustained and predictable growth because it allows scientists to plan ahead and enables the most efficient use of research dollars.
But if Congress does not act, research capacity will continue to decrease.
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