Research for the People    

The NIH invests nearly $39.2* billion annually in medical research for the American people.

More than 80% of the NIH's funding is awarded through almost 50,000 competitive grants to more than 300,000 researchers at more than 2,500 universities, medical schools, and other research institutions in every state and around the world.

About 10% of the NIH's budget supports projects conducted by nearly 6,000 scientists in its own laboratories, most of which are on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

Justifications, Testimonies, and Appropriations

Funding for Diseases, Conditions, Research Areas

  • Funding levels for diseases, conditions, and research areas, based on actual grants, contracts, research conducted at NIH, and other mechanisms of support.

Grants Awarded

  • Funded Organization — universities and research organizations around the nation receiving research grants and contracts
  • Budget and Spending — funding for grants and contracts
  • Success Rates — annual percentage of research grant applications that are funded
  • RePORTER — a searchable database of NIH-funded research projects

* This amount reflects the sum of discretionary budget authority of $37,937 million received by NIH in FY 2019 under the “Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019” per Public Law (P.L.) 115-245, $1,147 million derived from PHS Evaluation financing, and $150 million for special type 1 diabetes research authorized per the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018”, P.L. 115-123. The FY 2019 discretionary level includes $711 million authorized under P.L. 114-255, the 21st Century CURES Act.  The total $39,234 million figure excludes $77 million for Superfund Research program subject to the “Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019”, P.L. 115-141, i.e. Continuing Resolution, that expired after December 7, 2018 where follow-on appropriations remain to be enacted. Details regarding NIH budget information are available from the Office of Budget.

This page last reviewed on January 24, 2019