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

November 20, 2023

Advocacy to Increase Funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - 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 threats to cut  government fundingOur goal is to protect NIH from funding cuts and to ensure that all NIH Institutes receive significant funding increases as a proportionate share of a total increaseWe also advocate for special attention to early career scientists and to reduce administrative burdens on scientistsIn addition, we raise the visibility of endocrine-related research and researchers.

  • Advocacy Campaigns: We are asking members to urge their lawmakers to support increased NIH funding. Congress currently is considering funding for fiscal year (FY) 2024, which officially began October 1, 2023 The Society has been a vocal advocate for not only increasing NIH funding, but also averting a federal shutdown and protecting against proposals and amendments to cut funding.
  • Testimony: The Endocrine Society provides annual testimony to the Appropriations Committee recommending funding levels for NIH. In 2023, we highlighted the dangers posed by proposed broad cuts to public health programs, including biomedical research.
  • Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H): The Endocrine Society was invited to present at two different listening sessions by the Biden Administration and discuss how the new agency could benefit endocrine-related scienceThe Society also urged policy makers to ensure funding for ARPA-H would supplement, not supplant, funding for NIH. Endocrine Society Past President Carol Wysham, MD and President Ursula Kaiser, MD represented the Society at discussions about the creation of ARPA-H.
  • Congressional Hill Days: The Endocrine Society sponsors regular Capitol Hill Days where our members meet with congressional offices to discuss NIH funding. In 2023, our Past-President, Carol Wysham, and our President-Elect, Steve Hammes, joined a group of Endocrine Society members to advocate for $50.92 billion for NIH and call attention to endocrinology’s important role in diabetes research. We also lend our voice in the research community’s annual Rally for Medical Research Hill Day calling on Congress to increase funding for biomedical research.

More information about the Society's advocacy related to research funding can be found here.

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