Why Advocate for NIH Funding?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the world’s largest funder of biomedical research and currently supports $154 million in Parkinson’s research (Fiscal Year [FY] 2012). 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 National Health Council , an organization of over 100 national health-related organizations that provides a united voice for the more than 133 million people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers.
Current Funding Efforts
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, 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.
Overall, the funding level is estimated to allow the NIH to continue all current research programs and begin approximately 385 additional research studies and trials.
It is important to note that while we are disappointed that full funding was not restored to NIH, medical research and health programs were largely spared additional cuts, as much of the savings burden was shifted to education and labor programs.
PAN is requesting at least $32 billion for NIH for FY 2015 .