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NIH-supported research leads to improvements in health that can bolster the economy, improve productivity, and reduce the costly burden of illness in the U.S. and worldwide. NIH funding also spurs economic growth, both by supporting jobs in research and by generating biomedical innovations that lead to growth in the biotechnology sector.
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The knowledge produced by NIH-supported research can take many years and pass through many stages on its pathway toward improving health. Explore stories of how NIH has contributed to successful health interventions, and how these interventions have made a difference in our lives.
This page last reviewed on March 1, 2023