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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 2021 Appropriations recommendations for Congress:

  • Provide the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with $44.7 billion, an increase of $3 billion over FY 2020. Such an allocation will continue the important ongoing investment in NIH as well as facilitate proportional funding increases for key activities, including the Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) program and Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI).
  • Support the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) at NIH with timely and notable funding increases for the following key programs:
    • $608 million in dedicated, line-item funding for the flagship Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program, an increase of $30 million over FY 2020.
    • $100 million in appropriated funding for the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) for FY 2021. Currently, NCATS is allowed to use “up to $60 million” for CAN, but does not have any dedicated or additional funds, which puts unnecessary pressure on other research areas.
  • Provide the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with $8.3 billion, an increase of roughly $500 million over FY 2020.
  • Provide the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) with $471million, an increase of $133 million over FY 2020.

Latest News

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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.