Fact Sheets

Research!America has developed several series of brief reports to highlight the benefits of research to improve health.

Use these links to explore our database of facts sheets:

Investment in Research Saves Lives and Money

Agency Fact Sheets

Various federal agencies are integral to R&D in the U.S. To learn more about each agency's contributions, public-private partnerships, recent progress and the public's opinion, see our fact sheets below.


Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA)

The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) is a bipartisan piece of legislation that transformed the FDA's ability to assure the safety and efficacy of therapeutic drugs. Our PDUFA factsheet answers the questions: What is PDUFA's impact on drug development and approval and what's next for this landmark legislation? 

Opioids: The Epidemic Within the Pandemic

COVID-19 has escalated the challenge of combating the already tragic opioid epidemic, exacerbating this epidemic within the pandemic. Learn more about opioid use disorder, this growing crisis, and the robust research being conducted to combat this tragic reality in our fact sheet on the impact of COVID-19 on the opioid epidemic.

Maternal Health

There is a Black maternal health crisis in the United States. Black individuals who give birth are more likely than other groups to have unplanned cesarean deliveries, as well as higher infant and maternal mortality rates. Learn more about this crisis as well as the robust research and legislation being developed to combat this tragic reality in our Black maternal health fact sheet.

Milestones in Global Health

Research and development has led to innovative treatments and therapies for patients around the world. Our milestones in global health pamphlet charts the breakthroughs in HIV, malaria, TB, meningitis and a host of other diseases.

Neglected Tropical Diseases

Despite their name, neglected tropical diseases aren't limited to tropical locales; they're affecting people across the southern tier of the United States, from California east to South Carolina. Fortunately, research is taking place across the country to battle NTDs. Our fact sheets detail that research and how it's making a difference both in the U.S. and around the world.

One of those NTDs, Chagas disease, affects five times as many Latin Americans as HIV/AIDS. Chagas is a threat to the U.S. as well; Chagas-related heart failure among the current U.S. patient population costs our country nearly $1 billion per year. Research currently being done in the U.S. is leading to vaccines, promising treatments and a better understanding of Chagas transmission. Learn more with our Chagas fact sheet.

America’s economic destiny lies in innovation, technology, science and research.
The Honorable John E. Porter