The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy (FPN) is continuing its campaign to make funding available for research on peripheral neuropathy.
FPN (and the scientific community) were pleased to see that over $8 million in grant funding was awarded to research focused on peripheral neuropathy under the Department of Defenses (DoD) Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) for 2021.
We were equally pleased to see the action taken by Congress to designate “peripheral neuropathy” as a condition eligible for research funding under the PRMRP again for 2022. We are taking steps to broadcast the availability of funds to the peripheral neuropathy scientific community at large. We are hoping that even more grant funding will be awarded for peripheral neuropathy research in the coming year.
But we can’t stop now.
We need to ensure that peripheral neuropathy stays in the plans for the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program as an eligible condition in 2023. Even as pleased as we all are in the funding for 2021, and the continuation of PN’s eligibility in 2022, it is not a ‘done deal’. Every year, we need to make sure our Senator’s realize the importance of keeping peripheral neuropathy eligible for funding under this important grant program.
What is the Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program?
Every year, Congress designates dozens of specific conditions to be eligible for research dollars from the $370 million PRMRP. In 2021, Congress included peripheral neuropathy as a PRMRP research topic for the first time. Thanks to a national advocacy program initiated by the Foundation and carried forth by our friends and constituents, Congress took an interest in the disorder, particularly as it relates to members of the Armed Services and veterans. Congress approved peripheral neuropathy as an eligible condition for funding for the first time under this important research program!
We were elated when the Senate again included peripheral neuropathy among the conditions eligible for funding in 2022.
What is FPN’s 2022/2023 Advocacy Plan?
For 2022, we are continuing our efforts to build awareness in both the Senate and the House of Representatives of the importance of funding research on peripheral neuropathy. Through this awareness, we hope to keep PN on that important list of disorders and conditions eligible for research funding under the Department of Defense’s Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP), as well as expand availability of funding under the National Institutes of Health.
How can you help?
We are asking you to help us keep up the dialogue with your senators and representatives in Washington, D.C., to pave the way for more funding for research on peripheral neuropathy. We ask that you thank your representatives for including peripheral neuropathy in the DoD Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program for the recent two years. We ask that you also encourage their support to ensure that peripheral neuropathy remains an condition eligible for support under the program in 2023.
Your Voice Matters!
Together, we can bring more awareness and, hopefully, more funding for research on peripheral neuropathy.
We thank you for your efforts.
For more information on how to help us with this campaign, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].