Research!America has been tracking and analyzing the various streams of funding that make up the total U.S. investment in health research for a decade, and trends tell us we are headed in the wrong direction. 

report from Research!America shows total U.S. investment in medical and health R&D grew by 20.6% from 2013 to 2016, led by industry and the federal government. Academic and other research institutions ramped up their R&D investment substantially over the four-year period, increasing their spending by 16.6%, while foundations, voluntary health associations and professional societies increased investments by 4.7%. Despite overall investment growth, medical and health R&D continues to account for less than five percent of the total $3.5 trillion in U.S. health spending.

 

 

 

U.S. Investments in Medical and Health Research