AACI joined the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) for a virtual Hill Day on Friday, June 5. On the joint Day of Action AACI and AACR members urged Congress to provide robust and sustained funding for the medical research—and cancer research in particular—that is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Our Message to Congress
Thank you for making substantial investments in medical research over the last five years, including a $2.6 billion increase in NIH funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. To respond to the current COVID-19 emergency and continue our progress against cancer and other diseases, we urge Congress to do the following:
Provide at least $10 billion for the NIH in the next COVID-19 supplemental package to restart research, including clinical trials that have been put on hold due to the pandemic
Increase funding for the NIH in FY 2021 appropriations to a total of at least $44.7 billion (an increase of at least $3 billion)
Increase funding for the NCI to a total of at least $6.9 billion in FY 2021