Trend of Falling Applications Resulting in Decrease of KUH Funding Must Be Reversed

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After a sustained effort in support of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the broader kidney community, Congress passed a $2 billion funding increase for NIH for fiscal year (FY) 2019. Additionally, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) received a 5% increase that was widely celebrated by the kidney community.

Unfortunately, the gains seen by NIH and NIDDK have not translated into funding for the Division of Kidney, Urologic, & Hematologic Diseases (KUH), which saw a 2% decrease in total funding. NIDDK is a payline-driven funding program that