Dear President Trump:
As a coalition of 25 private industry, academic research institutions and patient and
health advocates, we write to highlight a true gem of your Administration: the
National Institutes of Health. Given its unmistakable impact on America’s public
health, economy and world leadership, few U.S. agencies have as great a return on
investment as the NIH, and funding its mission in FY 2017 and 2018 is paramount.
After over a decade of flat funding and erosion by biomedical inflation, we ask that
you leverage the investments made by Congress in FY 2016 and support a continued
$2 billion increase in FY 2017 and FY 2018. A slow and steady approach to
restoring NIH’s budget will help catalyze the advancements in research that will lead
to cures and treatments for deadly diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s and ALS. These
investments will give patients hope.
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