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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

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.

Updates: In the FY 2016 budget, the NIH received a $2 billion increase--for a total of $32.1 billion. In FY 2017, we are advocating for at least $34.5 billion for the NIH.

The MS CDMRP received a $1 million increase in FY 2016--for a total of $6 million. In FY 2017, the House Appropriations Committee recommended and approved $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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