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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

04/03/2014: “University-based Research: Always a WinnerExternal Web Site Policy (New) by Bernie Machen, Huffington Post

03/23/2014: “America’s Underappreciated Entrepreneur: The Federal GovernmentExternal Web Site Policy (New) by Teresa Tritch, The New York Times

02/17/2014: “Government Funding Has Been Key to New Cancer VaccinesExternal Web Site Policy  by Arthur Allen, The Washington Post

12/29/2013: “The Innovation Deficit” by L. Rafael Reif, The Boston Globe External Web Site Policy

12/24/2013: “Investing in the Nation's HealthExternal Web Site Policy  by Francis S. Collins, The Washington Post

12/04/2013: “NIH Research is Ailing from the Budget SqueezeExternal Web Site Policy by Editorial Board, The Washington Post

11/20/2013: “Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine is Telling Students Not to Stay in AmericaExternal Web Site Policy  by Danny Vinik, Business Insider

11/19/2013: “Harvard President Sounds Alarm Over SequestrationExternal Web Site Policy by Libby A. Nelson, Politico

11/08/2013: “Dr. Francis Collins: Politics on the Frontier of ScienceExternal Web Site Policy by Joseph Rago, The Wall Street Journal

10/31/2013: “What Now: It Still Takes Too Long and Costs Too MuchExternal Web Site Policy by Margaret Anderson, Huffington Post

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This page last reviewed on April 10, 2014

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