Federal Funding for Psychological Research
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21st Century Cures Act
Provides additional funds for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The bill reauthorizes the NIH through FY 2020 and provides $4.796 billion in funding over ten years for several key initiatives including the Precision Medicine Initiative, Cancer Moonshot, brain research and Alzheimer’s research. The bipartisan bill also addresses key national health issues including mental health services and opioid abuse.
American Innovation and Competitiveness Act
The bipartisan, bicameral American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S. 3084) was passed without including previous House language that would have slashed funding at the National Science Foundation (NSF) for behavioral and social science research.
The omnibus legislation that provided funding for federal programs through the end of FY 2017 included a welcome $2 billion increase for NIH and level funding for the research programs at the NSF.
Recent APA Advocacy Related to Federal Funding
We have a tremendous opportunity to help shape the laws and policies that directly affect psychology and the populations we work with. We can make a real difference in our society.
About APA Advocacy
APA represents the largest and most visible national presence advocating for psychology at the federal level. There are three APA government relations offices and two APA-affiliated organizations that engage in government relations activities.