The Largest Public Funder Of Biomedical Research
When we get the news about a new drug or innovative therapy, we typically hear about the university or scientist who discovered them. What most people don’t know is where a good portion of the money comes from to achieve those medical and scientific advancements. While people are often skeptical of government, this is one instance where its involvement has changed the course of history for the better. In large part because of the support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), scientists across the United States and around the world conduct wide-ranging research to discover ways to enhance health, lengthen life and reduce illness and disability. As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the NIH is the nation’s medical research agency. As such it is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing some $37.3 billion annually in medical research. The NIH posts a list of awards by location and organization and NIH funding by institution, state, congressional district. Of the 285 research and disease areas funded by the NIH, the agency spent the most on clinical research in 2018, with nearly $12.5 million. Genetics was next with $8.4 million, followed by prevention, neurosciences and biotechnology. Cancer was 6th on the list at $6.6 million. Infectious diseases, brain disorders, women’s health, rare diseases, behavioral and social science, pediatric, bioengineering, and clinical trials and supportive activities were next. Aging came in at 15th with a $3.7 million investment (this figure is over and above what the agency contributes to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia). Read more in the original report of ‘forbes.com‘.