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The Recovery Act and the NHLBI: Overview

Heart, lung, and blood diseases account for three of the four leading causes of death in the United States. Discovering new ways to prevent, detect, and treat these diseases – while maintaining the United States’ global leadership in biomedical research – requires investments in innovative projects and in scientists. In recent years, funding for this research lagged behind inflation, and the economic downturn has brought additional financial pressures to the nation’s research institutions – putting scientific jobs, in particular those of young and new investigators, and the research itself at risk.
Of the ten billion dollars in Recovery Act funds provided to the National Institutes of Health, the NHLBI received an allocation of 763 million dollars. Under the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute funding plan as of September 1 2009, 300 million dollars will go towards research grants, expanded payline research project grants, and exploratory and developmental research grants. 337 million dollars will go towards NIH wide Recovery Act RFA’s Challenge Grants, Grand Opportunities grants, Small Business Catalyst Awards, and Small Business BRDG-SPAN). 90 million dollars towards NIH-wide administrative supplements research opportunities for new employees diversity in or re-entry into research careers and summer research experiences for students and educators and 36 million dollars for other items. Dollar amounts do not include Recovery Act-specific funds provided by the NIH Office of the Director.


The chart above illustrates the NHLBI's investment plan.

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the NHLBI is investing its $763 million of economic stimulus funds into rigorously peer-reviewed research on the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases. With this funding, the scientific community has an extraordinary opportunity to advance biomedical research while creating jobs in local communities and opportunities for talented young and new investigators.

The NHLBI and its research community welcomes the confidence that President Obama and the United States Congress have placed in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NHLBI is committed to conducting all of its activities in a spirit of public service; and with a dedication to excellence, innovation and integrity; respect and compassion for patients and research participants; and open communication with the public who fund us.



Last Updated: September 4,2009



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Information from the White House and President Obama

Recovery Information from Health and Human Services



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