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 Has Begun Restoring the NIH Budget

For the last three years (FY 2016, 2017, and 2018) Congress raised the NIH budget.

With the FY 2017 budget increase alone, NIH was able to award 1,149 more research project grants than had been projected.

These budget increases reversed losses stemming from sequestration.


We Must Sustain This Progress

FASEB recommends at least $39.3 billion for NIH in FY 2019.

Additional funding will allow NIH to support even more meritorious research to improve the country’s health and quality of life.


Updated April 13, 2018