Federal Funding for Research

Click on a federal research agency below for more information on its work and budget in recent years. 


For more on investment in research, see:

Resources and Reports on R&D Spending
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.

U.S. Investment in Global Health Research
Research!America’s summary of public and private sources investing in global health research

Research Funding by State

A new report from Research!America shows total U.S. investment in medical and health R&D grew by 13.3% from 2013 to 2015, led by industry and the federal government. Foundations, voluntary health associations and professional societies increased their level of spending over the three-year period. Despite overall growth in investments, the U.S. currently spends less than five cents of each health dollar on R&D (4.93%). 

Understanding the Federal Budget

Federal research funding is crucial to our nation’s health and economy.

Research supported by agencies like the NIH not only bring about medical advancements but also create jobs, promote innovation, and ensure the continued safety and well-being of Americans. Efforts to cut the overall federal budget, however, frequently target research. This happens despite strong public support, making Research!America's advocacy - and yours - crucial in influencing the federal budget process.

Want to get involved? Learn about the federal budget process and the individual outlook for research agency budgets. You can also read about the current budget situation and have your questions answered in our FAQ.

Stay informed about the federal budget so you, too, can help make health and medical research a priority.


Examples of Federally Funded Research Studies

Federal funding supports scientific research at universities throughout the country. See our agency fact sheets to learn more about innovative studies and their implications for improving the health of Americans.  

Indirect Costs

For more information on indirect costs and the Trump Administration's proposals for indirect costs, click here.

Policy Contacts

Funding research gives all of us a better chance of living a healthier life.
Pam Hirata, heart disease survivor