Three Ways the Recovery Act Will Influence Your Health Care Future

ARRA and You (Part IVa): Challenge Grant Research Priorities. The impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on the health sector is so broad ultimately, it will touch all our lives. From COBRA insurance premium assistance and funding to the states for Medicaid and SCHIP to improved funding for research in the health and biomedical sectors, there appears to be no area left unaffected by the comprehensive legislation. As part of the Recovery Act, NIH has designated no less than $200 million, in the upcoming fiscal year, to fund research in areas that “address specific scientific and health research challenges in biomedical and behavioral research.” Science administrators hope to take advantage of opportunities to fill gaps in knowledge, develop new technologies, refine research methods and generate data. These areas of priority to which challenge grant funds will be awarded will influence this sector for years to come in the following three ways.

  1. Application of cutting-edge 21st century technologies will transform the way we diagnose and treat disease to a more personal and molecular level.
  2. Information technology and older research methodologies will combine to increase health care system efficiency.
  3. Research in the areas of bioethics and health disparities will work to increase the integrity of the health care system.

In what ways do you think ARRA funding will impact biomedical research and the health care system on the whole?  Keep an eye out for the next post, in which I’ll discuss each priority research area further.


NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research. In Office of Extramural Research. Cited on April 6, 2009.  Available at <;

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