Our Accomplishments

HSSC Supports National Campaign to Keep NIH Funds Flowing, Helps Secure a $690 Million Increase

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In April 2009, ResearchMeansHope.org, a national coalition of universities, patient groups. hospitals and research organizations - including Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) - launched a campaign to increase awareness of and funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s primary sponsor of medical research.

HSSC’s support was vital. Each year, researchers at Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the University of South Carolina compete for millions of dollars in NIH funding. It is the lifeblood of South Carolina’s university-based research enterprise and a critical contributor to the state’s economy. The ResearchMeansHope.org campaign cultivated specific congressional champions. Representative James Clyburn’s congressional district in South Carolina was one of only two nationally selected for the campaign’s initial efforts. From April to mid-October, the campaign generated over 3,500 letters to more than 300 members of Congress. On December 16, 2009, President Barack Obama signed legislation providing $31 billion for the NIH for 2010, an increase of $691.8 million over the previous year.

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