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Congress should maintain NIH funding at a level commensurate with at least one quarter of one percent of national GDP to keep the U.S. competitive in this critical sector.

Congress should maintain the stability of funding levels with minimal fluctuations from year to year; and Congress should maintain NIH funding at a level commensurate with at least one quarter of one percent (0.25%) of national GDP or higher. Our nation’s baseline policy going forward should be to grow NIH funding at a rate that accounts for inflation, embraces emerging avenues of research that can propel U.S. innovative leadership, and reflects the catalytic effect biomedical research has on our nation’s economy.