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Impact of NIH Research

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NIH is the leading supporter of biomedical research in the world. This research has had a major positive impact on nearly all of our lives by improving human health, fueling the U.S. economy, and creating jobs in our communities.

Due in large measure to NIH research, a baby born in the United States today can expect to live to nearly age 79 — about three decades longer than one born in 1900. Not only are we living longer, but our quality of life is improving. Over the last quarter century, the proportion of older people with chronic disabilities has dropped by nearly one-third.

NIH also drives job creation and economic growth. NIH research funding directly supports hundreds of thousands of American jobs and serves as a foundation for the medical innovation sector, which employs 1 million U.S. citizens.

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News & Commentary

5/20/2015: “Young medical researchers face staggering odds,” External Web Site Policy by Maria Freire, Congress Blog

2/2/2015: “Presentation on the NIH FY2016 Budget Request,” (PDF - 1.8 MB) by NIH Director Francis S. Collins

9/9/2014: “U.S. Science Suffering from Booms and Busts in Funding” External Web Site Policy by Richard Harris and Robert Benincasa, NPR

8/26/2014: “Now is the Time to Invest in NIH” External Web Site Policy by Vivian Lee, Deseret News

8/21/2014: “Crisis in Medical Research Portends a Disease Tsunami” External Web Site Policy by Llewellyn King, The News Tribune

6/16/2014: “The U.S. Should Invest in Science, Not War” External Web Site Policy by Steven Salzberg, Forbes

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This page last reviewed on May 22, 2015

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