FASEB releases new NIH state factsheets

March 21, 2012

Bethesda, MD - The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has released a new series of factsheets (http://www.faseb.org/Policy-and-Government-Affairs/Advocacy-on-Capitol-Hill/Explore-Resources/NIH-State-Information-Factsheets.aspx) describing the importance of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to each state.

Available on FASEB's website, each factsheet includes NIH funding by congressional district, a summary of the institutional and commercial biomedical research profile for the state, and an overview of the role of NIH support in advancing research accomplishments. In addition, the factsheets feature talking points summarizing how investment in NIH research benefits local economies through job creation, improved health of citizens, and promoting innovation.

"With increased scrutiny of all government spending and research and development activities facing unprecedented funding cuts, it is imperative that scientists and concerned citizens educate their elected officials about the impact of NIH funding on their communities," said FASEB President Joseph C. LaManna, PhD. "More than 80 percent of the NIH budget is distributed to researchers in nearly every congressional district in the United States. Cutting back on this investment will delay discoveries that can lead to new treatments and improved health. It will also discourage younger people who are interested in pursuing careers in science. The FASEB NIH state factsheets are a tremendous resource to provide scientists with all they need to convey their messages effectively, whether they are new to biomedical science advocacy or longtime leaders in the field."

FASEB has also just released an analysis of trends in NIH grant funding, documenting the erosion of our nation's funding for cutting edge biomedical research. The new analysis and NIH factsheets are available to anyone interested in personally advocating on behalf of science. Additional resources, including customizable slide presentations and how-to guides, are also available on the FASEB website to assist individuals in communicating with members of Congress and speaking out on issues important to the biomedical research community.

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

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