Impact of NIH Research

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Our Health

  • Helping people live longer, healthier lives
  • Making diseases less deadly
  • Developing effective interventions to prevent and treat illness and disability

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Our Society

  • Supporting jobs in science and spurring economic growth
  • Enabling a more productive economy
  • Helping the U.S. compete and contribute internationally

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Our Knowledge

  • Driving the discovery and translation of innovative ideas
  • Building the knowledge base to combat major health challenges
  • Cultivating world-class scientists who create new knowledge

NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $30 billion in taxpayer dollars to achieve its mission to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. In pursuing this mission, NIH improves health by promoting treatment and prevention, contributes to society by driving economic growth and productivity, and expands the biomedical knowledge base by funding cutting-edge research and cultivating the biomedical workforce of today and tomorrow.

Evidence of the varied, long-term impacts of NIH activities comes from a variety of sources, ranging from studies of individual diseases, to broader analyses of NIH as a whole. Explore the sections above to discover more about how NIH provides value for the public’s investment.

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