SWHR Calls for Robust NIH Funding for FY 2020

Policy Engagement

Published 4/15/19

SWHR sent letters to the Senate and House subcommittees that oversee funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) urging increased investment in fiscal year (FY) 2020 federal appropriations.

NIH is America’s premier medical research agency and the largest source of funding for biomedical and behavioral research in the world. In letters to Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), as well as House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) and Ranking Member Tom Cole (R-OK-04), SWHR requested that Congress set a minimum budget of $41.6 billion in FY2020, a $2.5 billion increase over FY2019.

Given SWHR’s focus on women’s health throughout the lifespan, SWHR emphasized the need for dedicated and robust funding the the following institutes and offices within NIH:

  • The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
  • The Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)
  • The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

These institutes and offices in particular are dedicated to continued pursuit of women’s health and to elimination of health disparities across a variety of patient populations.

Read SWHR’s Senate Letter and House Letter.