APA Requests $35 billion for the National Institutes of Health

In conjunction with the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, APA and more than 60 other scientific and patient advocacy organizations sent a letter to congressional leaders requesting $35 billion in funding support for the NIH.
In conjunction with the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, APA and more than 60 other scientific and patient advocacy organizations sent a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education requesting their support for $35 billion in funding for the NIH in Fiscal Year 2011. APA GRO staff have reiterated this request in meetings with congressional staff and in congressional testimony, highlighting both the economic benefits of investments in research as well as the contribution of behavioral research in addressing public health challenges from mental disorders to health disparities and chronic disease prevention. In February, the Obama Administration requested $32.089 billion for NIH, representing only a 3.2 percent increase over Fiscal Year 2010.  House and Senate Appropriators are expected to begin drafting their funding bills in June and July, though it is unlikely that either bill will be brought to the floor before the November elections.