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Sustaining Momentum: NIH Takes Aim at Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Dementias

Building on the momentum created by the recent, historic investment in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, NIH has prepared this professional judgment budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2019. This budget proposal estimates the additional funding needed to reach the ultimate research goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease—to effectively treat and prevent Alzheimer’s and related dementias by 2025—and will be updated annually.

As mandated in Section 230, Division G of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015, NIH will prepare and submit to the President, for review and transmittal to Congress, this annual professional judgment budget through 2025. Only two other areas of biomedical research—cancer and HIV/AIDS—have been the subject of such special budget development aimed at speeding discovery. This approach is often referred to as a “bypass budget” because of its direct transmission to the President and then to Congress without modification through the traditional Federal budget process.

NIH welcomes this opportunity to develop a budget for expanding on the robust research program for Alzheimer’s and related dementias. It is built on a rigorous, extensive planning process that gauged progress in research, assessed emerging and new scientific opportunities to build on that progress, and calculated the additional funds necessary to capitalize on those opportunities and move more quickly in the most promising directions.

Access the Bypass Budget Proposal archive here.

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Bypass Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2019—Sustaining Momentum: NIH Takes Aim at Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Dementias (PDF, 1.3M)

Read the full professional judgment budget, which describes research directions and an estimate of the funds in FY 2019, above NIH’s estimated base budget, that would enable NIH to fully pursue that research.

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Sustaining Momentum: At-A-Glance (PDF, 606K)

This executive summary outlines the toll Alzheimer’s takes on the United States and promising opportunities in Alzheimer’s and dementia research that NIH is pursuing.

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FY 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Bypass Budget Milestones (PDF, 245K)

Summary of planned research milestones for FY 2019, with timelines and success criteria, organized by research categories and implementation areas.
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Alzheimer's Disease Research Implementation Milestone Database

Search this database for milestones from the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease. Search by year, AD research implementation area, and CADRO category.