NIH Research Funding Trends  

Research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is essential for expanding knowledge and improving health. FASEB compiles and analyzes the most current data on NIH appropriations, grants, and application success rates.

Federal Support of NIH

U.S. Biological and Medical Research Fell for Over a Decade

From FY 2003 to 2015, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) lost 22% of its capacity to fund research due to budget cuts, sequestration, and inflationary losses.

Reduced funding capacity results in:

  • Fewer grants
  • Fewer new discoveries
  • Talented scientists leaving research


Congress Took a First Step Towards Restoring the NIH Budget

In FY 2016, Congress increased the NIH budget by 5.9 %.

The Senate recommended a $2 billion increase in FY 2017. However, the NIH budget remains flat because of the Continuing Resolution (CR).

Congress should pass the FY 2017 appropriations bills as the next step to restoring the NIH budget.


We Need to Continue this Path of Sustained and Predictable Growth for U.S. Biomedical Research

FASEB recommends at least $35 billion for NIH in FY 2018.

With the FY 2016 budget increase, NIH was able to award 832 more research project grants. Additional funds will allow NIH to support even more meritorious research to improve the country’s health and quality of life.