Report: NIH-backed research supported 432,000 jobs in 2011

Funding from NIH supported more than 432,000 jobs and generated more than $62.1 billion in economic activity in 2011, according to a new state-by-state report from United for Medical Research.

The report—compiled by a coalition of groups seeking to boost funding for NIH—comes after President Obama last month proposed maintaining NIH's funding at $31.7 billion. The report noted that NIH is the largest funder of medical research in the United States.

Carrie Wolinetz, president of the coalition, urged Congress to "continue to provide the NIH with the necessary resources to continue to fuel our economy and unlock new treatments and cures for patients in need" (Pecquet, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 3/19).

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