National Institutes of Health

Over the past 40 years, NIH-supported research contributed to the discovery of over 150 new FDA-approved drugs, vaccines and new indications for current drugs. NIH-funded research leads to important medical breakthroughs and treatments. For example, NIH researchers are studying the structure of Zika in order to identify drug targets to combat the virus, and designing nanoparticles to deliver a drug directly into tumor cells to treat cancer. More than 80% of NIH’s budget is awarded through grants to 300,000 researchers at more than 3,100 universities, medical schools and other research institutions across the country.



NOTE: Does not include supplemental funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Sources: NIH Office of Budget, House Committee on Appropriations.

Americans Support Increased Funding for NIH

The National Institutes of Health's (NIH) mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. How important is it to increase funding for NIH?


Source: A Research!America poll of U.S. adults conducted in partnership with Zogby Analytics in January 2015.

Policy Contacts

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