Medical research group asks lawmakers to commit $36 billion investment for NIH

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research sent a letter to Congressional leaders this month urging them to enact a bicameral, bipartisan budget agreement that raises the spending caps and enables a $36.1 billion investment in NIH in FY 2018.
According to the letter, the group is “concerned that without relief from sequestration, final funding for critical federal agencies like the NIH could face significant hurdles. Our country is known for its outstanding medical research capacity, but the discretionary spending caps imposed by sequestration will jeopardize our competitive edge in an increasingly innovation-based global marketplace,” the letter states.

“To maintain our leadership, we must reaffirm this commitment by providing biomedical research enterprise the support needed to maintain our competitive edge,” it concludes.

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research represents patient and voluntary health groups, medical and scientific societies, academic and research organizations, and industry, dedicated to enhancing the federal investment in biomedical, behavioral, social, and population-based research supported by NIH.