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President Obama Visits NIH Announcing $5 Billion in ARRA Funding, Representing 12,000 Grants

Legislative Update
September 30, 2009

This morning, President Obama visited the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus, visiting a laboratory and speaking to NIH employees. Introduced by NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D. as the "Scientist in Chief," the President announced that $5 billion, or about half of the $10.4 billion in NIH funding within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), had been awarded, reflecting 12,000 grants. In his remarks, the President noted that recovery spending not only benefits medical research, but saves existing jobs and creates new jobs that "will make a lasting difference for our future."

After acknowledging the groundbreaking research being conducted on campus and at universities and academic institutions around the country, the President made a commitment to medical research funding by stating that, "And we are going to keep on providing the support that you need. The American people are looking forward to the next set of discoveries that all of you are working on today."

In his Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 budget, the President proposed modest funding increases of 1.4 percent for NIH and one percent for the National Eye Institute (NEI), prompting NAEVR to call upon Congress to improve upon the Presidentís budget proposal in its FY2010 appropriations process.