11/04/2019 - The Academy believes a National Institute of Nutrition could harmonize and unify nutrition research activities within the National Institutes of Health and across all government agencies that support nutrition research. The U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation in the 116th Congress which would establish a National Institute of Nutrition within the National Institutes of Health; legislation has not been introduced in the U.S. Senate.
The Academy is working with the Nutrition Action Alliance to urge members of Congress to add their support on this issue and to advocate for a senate version of the bill. The Academy wrote a letter to the New York Times earlier this year in support of the concept of a Nutrition Institute.
The Academy joins other professional organizations annually to advocate for research funding through the appropriations process. Politico recently reported that nutrition research at the NIH and U.S. Department of Agriculture has remained mostly flat for at least 30 years. According to the report, current and past officials at NIH and USDA, as well as nutrition researchers, believe failure in leadership across administrations has resulted in no national strategy for nutrition research.