Friends of NICHD coalition targets appropriations staff

Coalition members reiterated the importance of stable funding for biomedical and behavioral research across the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and recommended at least $32 billion for NIH and $1.37 billion for NICHD
As the current chair of the Friends of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Karen Studwell in APA’s Science Government Relations Office organized a lobby day for coalition members on Tuesday, April 17 to help educate congressional appropriations staff about the broad scientific advances that NICHD has made in the areas of child development, infant mortality and low birthweight, birth defects, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the reproductive and gynecologic health of women throughout their lifespans. Coalition members reiterated the importance of stable funding for biomedical and behavioral research across the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and recommended at least $32 billion for NIH and $1.37 billion for NICHD. While bipartisan support exists for funding NIH, there remain significant differences between the House and Senate on spending priorities and potential cuts are still being negotiated.