What We Are Trying to Accomplish
To increased federal funding of MS research at the:
- National Institutes of Health (NIH),
- Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP) at the Department of Defense, and
- National Neurological Conditions Surveillance (data collection) System at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Happening at the National Level
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The NIH is the country’s premier medical research institution and the single largest source of biomedical research funding in the world. It is also the single largest source of funding for MS research projects in the world. In FY 2020, the NIH received a total of $41.7 billion to fund medical research - a $2.6 billion increase from FY 2019. The Society is asking Congress to provide $44.7 billion for the NIH in FY 2021.
MS Research Program (MSRP)
The MSRP is administered by the Department of Defense and funded by Congress as part of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. The research within the CDMRP focuses on innovative, high-risk, high reward research that is complementary to research that is funded by the NIH.
Approximately 70,00 US veterans live with MS, and around 20,000 of those living with MS receive care through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) each year. Around 12,000 seen by the VHA each year have been diagnosed with MS that was deemed "service-connected."
In FY 2020, the MSRP received $16 million, an over $10 million increase from FY 2019.
National Neurological Conditions Surveillance System (NNCSS)
In 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law, authorizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create a National Neurological Conditions Surveillance System to collect data on neurologic conditions to improve research and public health data on these conditions. The NNCSS is authorized for 5 years and received its first bath of funding in FY2019. In FY2020, The National Neurologic Conditions Surveillance System at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received $5 million in funding to continue implementation of the MS and Parkinson’s Disease pilots
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Position Papers & Other Support
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