Resources and Reports on Research & Development Spending

R&D spending in the U.S. is an important tool for science advocacy.  Such data provides context for policymakers as advocates make the case for public sector funding and private/philanthropic sector incentives aimed at spurring medical and other scientific progress. The following list of resources provides a robust array of data (recent and historical) on U.S. R&D investment, with a particular focus on funding for health-related research and development.

Private Sector

Beyond Borders, Ernst and Young, 2014.

Comprehensive Biotechnology Industry Report for 2014 by Ernst and Young

2014 Global R&D Funding Forecast, Battelle, 2014

Global funding for Research and Development outlook for 2014 by Battelle

2014 Global Healthcare Outlook, Shared Challenges, Shared Opportunities, Deloitte, 2014

Global healthcare report for 2014, including healthcare spending, provided by Deloitte

2014 Profile, PhRMA, 2014

Investment of Research and Development for Drugs/Pharmaceuticals for 2014, provided by PhRMA
 

Public Sector

A History of NIH Funding: Fact Sheet, Congressional Research Service, 2014

Congressional Research Service report on NIH funding history (from FY1994-FY2015), by Judith A. Johnson (2014)

Federal Research Spending, Congressional Research Service, 2014

Federal Research Spending report for 2014, provided by the Congressional Research Service to Congress

Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute 2013 Annual report, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), 2014

Annual report including Research funding and spending for PCORI

Federal Funding 2012-2014, National Science Foundation, 2014

National Science Foundation's Federal Funding 2012-2014 report

Historical trends in R&D, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2014

Comprehensive historical analysis of U.S. Research and Development from 1970's-2014 reported by American Association for the Advancement of Science

Justification of Estimates for Allocations, Centers for Medicare and MedicAid Services,  FY2014

Performance and Budget for Centers for Medicare and MedicAid Services, including for allocations for research, for fiscal year 2014

American Association for the Advancement of Science Report XXXIX: Research and Development FY 2015,  American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2014

Overview and report on federal spending for 2015 reported by American Association for the Advancement of Science

R&D Funding in FY 2015 Appropriations So Far: A Roundup, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2014

American Association for the Advancement of Science FY2015 report on U.S. Research and Development federal funding, authored by Matt Hourihan, 2014.  

REPORT TO CONGRESS: Health-Related Research and Development Strategy 2011-2015, U.S. Agency International Development, 2012

U.S. AID Report to Congress:  Health-Related Research and Development Strategy 2011-2015

Funding history, Department of Defense, 2014

Current and historical funding of the U.S. Department of Defense medical research programs, reported by the U.S. Department of Defense

 

Voluntary Health Organizations and Other Philanthropic Investments

Aggregate Fiscal Data of Grants from FC 1000 Foundations, to U.S. recipients for health, 2012, Foundation Center, 2012

Summary of distribution of philanthropic grants to U.S. grantees compiled by the Foundation Center in 2012

Similarities and Differences in Philanthropic and Federal Support for Medical Research in the United States: An Analysis of Funding by Nonprofits in 2006-2008. Elizabeth R. Myers, et. al. Academic Medicine, 2014

Analysis of Non-Profit Funding 2006-2008 (full access posted through Health Alliance Research) authored by Elizabeth R. Myers, et. al, 2014

New Coalition Aims to Increase Philanthropic Funding of Basic Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2013

Article that describes a new coalition of philanthropic foundations, and the coalition's goal is to double funding within ten years, authored by S. Zielinski.

Charitable Giving Report:How Nonprofit Fundraising Performed in 2013, Blackbaud Idea Lab, 2013

Fundraising performance for charitable donations 2013 in summary, presented by Steve MacLaughlin.

Mapping Biomedical Research in the U.S.A., The Lancet, 2014

Overview and summary of all biomedical research funding in the U.S., authored by Brian Owens, the Lancet, 2014.

Funding of U.S. Biomedical Research, 2003-2008, E. Ray Dorsey, et. Al., JAMA, 2010

Biomedical research funding analysis completed with retrospective data, authored by E. Ray Dorsey, et. al., JAMA, 2010.

Policy Contacts

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Without continued support for health research, many of the most promising young scientists, their ideas and a myriad of potentially life-changing scientific breakthroughs will vanish into oblivion.
Paul Marinec, PhD; University of California San Francisco