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Research!America is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority.We urge Congress and the administration to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Science Foundation (NSF) at levels that keep pace with scientific opportunity. We also advocate for federal funding for global health research and a legislative and regulatory climate that stimulates growth in industry research and development.
In the late 1980s, Research!America's founders came together to address the widening gap between the potential of biomedical research and the support it was then garnering from the American public and its elected representatives. Leaders from university and independent research institutions, industry, patient organizations, and scientific societies, advised by elected and appointed officials and visionary advocates, formed the Research!America alliance. The wisdom of the founders has stood the test of time, as illustrated by 1989 statements that continue to ring true today:
"Mission Statement: To gain public awareness of the benefits to humankind of medical research and to build a strong base of citizen support for more research into cure, treatment and prevention of physical and mental disorders.
"Case Statement: Preoccupations by Congress and the administration with deficit reduction and competition for appropriations in a resource-scarce environment have resulted in woeful underfunding of government agencies involved in medical research.
"Plan of Action: To achieve its goal of making medical research a national priority of the highest order, Research!America must mobilize public opinion and develop strategies that succeed in getting citizens sufficiently aroused to make their views known to Congress and The White House."