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 Research Budgets

In FY 2016, Congress raised the NIH budget by 5.9%, an important first step towards restoring the U.S. investment in biomedical research.

Even with this greatly needed increase, NIH’s capacity to fund research is still lower than it was before sequestration (prior to FY 2013).


Sustained and Predictable Growth Is Needed to Protect U.S. Biomedical Research

FASEB recommends $35 billion for NIH in FY 2017, a $3 billion increase.

The bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6), supported by more than 300 members of Congress, called for a $3 billion increase in FY 2017.

Raising the NIH budget to $35 billion will fully reverse losses due to sequestration and subsequent rising costs.