Why Advocate for NIH Funding?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the world’s largest funder of biomedical research and currently supports $135 million in Parkinson’s research (Fiscal Year (FY) 2013). The NIH funds research grants in all fifty states designed to identify and develop medical discoveries that improve people’s health, understand disease, and save lives. For millions of individuals and families living with Parkinson’s and other chronic, progressive diseases, NIH research offers great promise for better treatments and, ultimately, a cure. 

PAN works in coalition to increase federal funding for the NIH as a member of the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, a coalition of over 100 patient advocacy groups, academic institutions, and scientific communities, and as a member of the Coalition for Health Funding, an organization representing over 100 million patients, health care providers, public health professionals, advocacy groups, and scientists in support of preserving and strengthening investments in public health.

Current Funding Efforts

Fiscal Year (FY) 2015
Congress has passed a continuing resolution to keep the government funded at FY 2014 levels through December 11, which means that current funding NIH remains at roughly $30 billion.

In June, the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services (L-HHS), and Education Subcommittee passed its L-HHS Appropriations bill, providing a $605 million increase for NIH as well as a $25 million increase to NINDS. The bill did not proceed to full Appropriations Committee consideration and will likely not be brought to the Senate floor. The House has not yet begun consideration of their version of the L-HHS bill.

PAN submitted written testimony to the House L-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee on March 25, 2014 in support of $32 billion for NIH and an increase for NINDS in FY 2015.

PAN also submitted similar written testimony to the Senate L-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee on May 12, 2014.

President Obama has requested $30.2 billion for NIH in his FY 2015 budget proposal, including $1.6 billion for NINDS and an increase for the BRAIN Initiative. While not binding, the president’s budget is often viewed as a clear indication of the Administration’s priorities.

PAN is requesting at least $32 billion for NIH for FY 2015. To download our one-pager, click here.

FY 2014
NIH received $29.9 billion as part of the final FY 2014 budget agreement signed into law in January 2014. While this was a $1 billion boost in funding above final FY 2013 spending levels, it is still $714 million less in funding than was available before sequestration and $2 billion under PAN’s request.

It includes $1.587 billion for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a commitment for continued funding for the BRAIN Initiative, and just under $10 million for the Cures Acceleration Network, which provides funding for initiatives designed to address scientific and technical challenges that impede transitional research.