FY15 NIH Budget Request, Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, April 2, 2014   [open pdf - 2MB]

This hearing compilation is from the April 2, 2014 hearing on "FY15 NIH [National Institutes of Health] Budget Request" held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. From the testimony of Dr. Francis S. Collins: "Good morning, Mr. Chairman and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee. I am Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It is an honor to appear before you today to present the Administration's fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request for the NIH and provide an overview of our critical role in enhancing our nation's health through scientific discovery. As the nation's biomedical research agency, NIH's mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and to apply that knowledge to enhance human health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. I can report to you that NIH leadership, employees, and grantees continue to believe passionately in this mission. Before I discuss the tremendous strides we have made and the exciting scientific opportunities on the horizon, I want to thank you, Mr. Chairman, and Ranking Member Moran, as well as your colleagues, for the recent Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Omnibus Appropriation bill. The Subcommittee came together in a bipartisan way to increase funding for NIH and we are truly grateful for your action. The past year has been challenging for us: the sequester reduced funding for groundbreaking medical research and affected the morale of the scientific community. This impact was further exacerbated by the shutdown." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of Francis S. Collins.

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