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Current Priorities

As a member of the Coalition for Clinical and Translational Science, The Clinical Research Forum has identified the following Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations recommendations for Congress:

  • Provide the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with a consecutive $3 billion funding increase for FY 2019 to bring overall funding up to $40.1 billion annually. Further, please provide meaningful increases for clinical and translational research activities, including the Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) and Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) programs.
  • Provide the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) with a consecutive $27 million increase for FY 2019 to bringing overall CTSA funding up to $570 million annually. Further, please provide meaningful funding increase for other key programs at NCATS, including the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) and Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases (TRND).
  • Provide the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) with a $120 million increase for FY 2019 to bring overall AHRQ funding up to $545 million annually.
  • Reauthorize the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and ensure ongoing support so timely and valuable research focused on improving patient care can continue past FY 2019.  

Latest News

On May 17, 2018, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (L-HHS) held a hearing to review the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 funding request and budget justification for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Read the opening statement by Senator Roy Blount, Chair (PDF)

Read the testimony of NIH Director Francis Collins (PDF)

Watch the full hearing

The Coalition for Clinical & Translational Science (CCTS)

CCTS is the unified voice of the clinical and translational science research community, of which The Clinical Research Forum is a member. Started as a coalition of organizations with shared mission to support clinical and translational science, CCTS has grown into a nationwide grassroots network of dedicated individuals who work together to educate Congress and the Administration about the value and importance of federal clinical and translational research and research training and career development activities.

CCTS’s goals are to ensure:

  • Full spectrum of medical research is adequately funded
  • Next generation of researchers is well-prepared
  • Regulatory and public policy environment facilitates ongoing expansion and advancement of the field of clinical and translational science
For more information on how academic institutions support clinical research, please see this report from the Association of American Medical Colleges on Academic Medicine Investment in Medical Research.

To learn more about CCTS, contact Dane Christiansen at Health & Medicine Counsel of Washington.