A car without an engine, a bicycle without tires... they just don't work. Neither does research without funding. In order to make discoveries that lead to treatments and cures for our nation's most devastating diseases, researchers need test tubes and other equipment, lab staff to conduct research and analyze results... things that cost money. But the March 2013 sequester cut funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which in turn forced NIH to give fewer grants to support research projects. Promising studies are being delayed or stopped altogether as a result of reduced NIH funding.
We knew the impact of NIH funding cuts was going to be devastating. We asked researchers to share the real-life stories, and you can read a few of their responses below.
Research is our best hope for finding new ways to prevent, treat and cure diseases, but the future of research is in jeopardy. Stay tuned for your opportunity to call on Congress to restore funding for NIH.