Advocacy to Increase Funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

June 07, 2022

Funding for the NIH is a top priority of the Endocrine Society, and our advocacy has led to significant funding increases for the last six years despite serious threats to shut down the government.  Our goal is that all NIH Institutes receive significant funding increases as a proportionate share of the total increase.  We also advocate for special attention to early career scientists and to reduce administrative burdens on scientists.  In addition, we raise the visibility of endocrine-related research and researchers. 

  • Testimony: The Society provides annual testimony to the Appropriations Committee recommending funding levels for NIH. Endocrine Society Past President E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, testified before the Appropriations Committee and highlighted diabetes research at the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). 
  • Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H): The Society was invited to present at two different listening sessions by the Biden Administration and discuss how the new agency could benefit endocrine-related science.  The Society also urged policy makers to ensure funding for ARPA-H would supplement, not supplant, funding for NIH. Endocrine Society President Carol Wysham, MD, and President-Elect Ursula Kaiser, MD, represented the Society at discussions about the creation of ARPA-H. 
  • Rallying for Medical Research: The Society continuously meets with congressional offices to discuss NIH funding and also lend our voice in the annual research community‚Äôs Rally for Medical Research Hill Day calling on Congress to increase funding for biomedical research. 
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