Impact of NIH Research
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.
News & Commentary
04/03/2014: “University-based Research: Always a Winner” (New) by Bernie Machen, Huffington Post
03/23/2014: “America’s Underappreciated Entrepreneur: The Federal Government” (New) by Teresa Tritch, The New York Times
02/17/2014: “Government Funding Has Been Key to New Cancer Vaccines” by Arthur Allen, The Washington Post
12/29/2013: “The Innovation Deficit” by L. Rafael Reif, The Boston Globe
12/24/2013: “Investing in the Nation's Health” by Francis S. Collins, The Washington Post
12/04/2013: “NIH Research is Ailing from the Budget Squeeze” by Editorial Board, The Washington Post
11/20/2013: “Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine is Telling Students Not to Stay in America” by Danny Vinik, Business Insider
11/19/2013: “Harvard President Sounds Alarm Over Sequestration” by Libby A. Nelson, Politico
11/08/2013: “Dr. Francis Collins: Politics on the Frontier of Science” by Joseph Rago, The Wall Street Journal
10/31/2013: “What Now: It Still Takes Too Long and Costs Too Much” by Margaret Anderson, Huffington Post