Medical Research Matters to South Carolina

Tell your members of Congress to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health now!

Research funded by the National Institutes of Health saves lives and improves the health of all Americans. In South Carolina this year there are some 89,000 people with Alzheimer's disease and more than 10,600 people will die from cancer and over 10,000 people from heart disease. These facts make NIH research particularly important.

But did you know that NIH research also improves South Carolina's economy?

Last year, organizations in South Carolina received more than 441 grants from the NIH totaling more than $183 million. That money helped support 3,687 jobs and spurred over $509 million in economic activity in South Carolina.

But that doesn't come close to what the NIH is really capable of. The NIH budget is just beginning to recover from more than a decade of under-funding, delaying progress toward cures and diminishing the economic impact in our state.

Congress can fix this! It can increase funding for the NIH this year.

Send a message to you senators and representative, urging them to improve South Carolina's health and economic well-being and to increase funding for the NIH again this year.

Fund NIH. Fund hope. #keepNIHstrong