Source: FamiliesUSA, June 2008
From the press release:
The National Institutes of Health has a legacy of great medical accomplishments, including victories over diseases like measles, rubella, and whooping cough. Now a report from a national health care advocacy organization reveals how NIH funding to states creates jobs, helps develop communities that are focused on advanced biomedical research, and sustains America’s leadership in medical research.
Titled “In Your Own Backyard,” the report from Families USA, the national organization for health care consumers, details the actual benefits of NIH research awards to all 50 states. In 2007, the NIH awarded almost $23 billion in research grants and contracts. This funding created more than 350,000 new jobs nationwide, generated more than $18 billion in wages from those new jobs, and spurred more than $50 billion in business activity in the states.
The Families USA report, however, describes a downside. Several years of flat funding of the NIH by Congress is now crippling research on global health threats, stunting economic activity, and jeopardizing U.S. preeminence in biomedical research.
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