NIH Research Funding Trends  

U.S. Biological and Medical Research Funding Has Fallen

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has lost 22 percent of its capacity to fund research due to budget cuts, sequestration, and inflationary losses.

Because of inflation, a dollar’s worth of research in 2003 would cost $1.44 today.


Less funding capacity means fewer research grants, resulting in:

  • Fewer new discoveries
  • Laboratory closures
  • Talented scientists leaving research 

During this same period, China increased its research budgets by approximately 13 percent per year.


We Can Protect U.S. Biomedical Research with Sustained and Predictable Growth

A 5 percent annual increase can restore NIH to 2003 levels by 2025. 

FASEB recommends sustained and predictable growth because it allows scientists to plan ahead and enables the most efficient use of research dollars. 

The proposed budget for NIH (S. 1695) will jump start this restoration! If passed, it would raise NIH funding by $1.773 billion in FY 2016 – a 5.8 percent increase.

But if Congress does not act, research capacity will continue to decrease.

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Additional Resources 


NIH Research Funding Trends presentation NIH Funding Rebounds in President's FY 2016 Budget


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