FY 2001 FUNDING FOR NIH:
INCREASES FOR NIH AND NCI NECESSARY
TO SUSTAIN RESEARCH PROGRESS
More than 1.2 million
Americans will be diagnosed with cancer during 2000, and more than 550,000
people will lose their lives to these diseases. Individuals with cancer,
their friends and families, and their caregivers support a substantial
increase in the budgets of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and
the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to fund cancer research. Research
advances are the only hope for many people with cancer currently without
The Cancer Leadership
Council (CLC) recommends the following actions:
- Increase funding
for NIH by 15 percent in FY 2001. In order to capitalize on the last
decade's investment in basic research, Congress has determined that
the NIH budget should be doubled in the five years leading up to 2003.
A 15 percent increase in the overall NIH budget will sustain progress
toward the Congressional target of doubling the NIH budget. The potential
for translating basic research findings into improved treatments is
greater than ever before, but successful utilization of all research
opportunities will require continued commitment to the enhanced funding
target for NIH.
- Fund NCI according
to the Bypass Budget, or at a level of $4.1 billion. Cancer research
presents special opportunities, as identified and detailed in the NCI
Bypass Budget, and NCI should be funded above the substantial 15 percent
increase granted to NIH. Funding at the level of $4.1 billion would
allow NCI to expand important and productive research programs, capitalize
on recent discoveries, and revamp the clinical trials program to allow
greater patient participation.
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