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MS Research Funding

Ensure that Congress provides funding for MS research so that we can stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.

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What We Are Trying to Accomplish

To invest in MS research by funding the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Multiple Sclerosis Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP).

Why It’s Important

The NIH is the country’s premier institution for health research and the single largest source of funding for MS research projects in the world. The MS CDMRP funds high risk, high reward MS research that is complementary to that conducted by the NIH.

Happening at the National Level

In the FY 2016 budget, the NIH received a $2 billion increase--for a total of $32.1 billion. Congress has started work on the 2017 budget. The Senate Appropriations Committee has recommended $34.1 billion and the House Appropriations Committee has recommended $33.3 billion.

The MS CDMRP received a $1 million increase in FY 2016--for a total of $6 million. For 2017, the House Appropriations Committee recommended $6 million for the MS CDMRP. The Senate Appropriations Committee does not provide specific funding for the MS CDMRP, but has recommended a five percent increase over its 2016 funding level for medical research.

Congress must complete work on its 2017 spending bill by October 1 or pass a "Continuing Resolution" which would keep the government operating until work on the spending bill is completed.

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