Medical Research Matters to Maine

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 Maine this year there are some 28,000 people with Alzheimer's disease and more than 3,300 people will die from cancer and over 2,900 people from heart disease. These facts make NIH research particularly important.

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

Last year, organizations in Maine received 129 grants from the NIH totaling more than $89 million. That money helped support over 1,500 jobs and spurred over $204 million in economic activity in Maine.

But that doesn't come close to what the NIH is really capable of. The NIH budget is just beginning to catch up 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 your senators and representatives, urging them to improve Maine's health and economic well-being and to increase funding for the NIH again this year.

Fund NIH. Fund hope. #keepNIHstrong