Research Takes Cents
Research!America’s signature Research Takes Cents compares selected consumer spending to the costs associated with conducting research. Research Takes Cents examples are easy to drop into a conversation, and they are particularly effective when used in presentations with images.
In 2022, total alcoholic beverage sales in the United States reached over $261 billion – enough to fund NIH-sponsored research on alcoholism, alcohol use, and health for over 459 years.
The combined salaries of the top ten highest-paid athletes in 2021 totaled more than $991 million – enough to fund all NIH-sponsored traumatic head and spine research for more than three years.
In 2021, the United States imported $6.9 billion worth of coffee which could fund all NIH-sponsored research on sleep for almost 14 years.
Total revenue from surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures in the U.S. in 2021 totaled $14.6 billion – enough to fund all NIH-sponsored research on aging for 2.5 years.
Apple, the highest valued American company, is estimated at $2.78 trillion – enough to fund all NIH-sponsored cancer research for just shy of 389 years.
Americans collectively spent approximately $304 billion on fast food services in 2021 – enough to fund all NIH cardiovascular and obesity-related research for 83 years.
In 2021, the top five most valuable teams in the National Football League are worth over $25 billion, over twice the amount of funding for NIH-sponsored neuroscience research.
The 2021 gross gaming revenue of U.S. casinos reached approximately $53.03 billion – enough to fund all NIH-sponsored opioid misuse and addiction research for over 71 years.
Consumer spending in the U.S. reached $32 billion in 2021 – enough to fund all NIH-sponsored research on behavioral and social sciences for 12 years.
In 2021, Americans spent over $6.75 billion on ice cream – more than 3 times the total funding for NIH-sponsored nutrition research.
In 2021, recorded music venues in the U.S. reached $15 billion – enough to fund women’s health research for over three years.
In 2021, the U.S. generated over $45 billion in pizza restaurant sales – enough to fund the NIH-sponsored research on digestive diseases for over 21 years.
The video streaming market in the U.S. reached $473.39 billion in 2022 – which is enough to fund NIH-sponsored mental health research for 129 years.
In 2022, consumer spending in the U.S. related to Super Bowl LVI amounted to a total of $14.6 billion – enough to fund the FDA for over two years.
In 2021, the market value of the tobacco manufacturing industry in the U.S. reached $52 billion – enough to fund NIH-sponsored research on lung cancer for more than 26 years.
In 2022, the video game market in the United States is estimated to generate $90.13 billion – enough to fund all of the NIH-sponsored research on depression, suicide, and youth violence for more than 100 years.
4th of July
In 2023, Americans were expected to spend an estimated $9.5 billion on food for 4th of July celebrations. This is more than the annual budget of the Food and Drug Administration, and more than 60 times the amount NIH spends annually on research related to foodborne illnesses.
Back to School
2022 back to school shopping expenses are expected to amount to $111 billion which could fund the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for just over 17 years.
Black Friday sales brought in $8.9 billion in 2021 – enough to fund the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for just shy of five years.
Total expected spending for Father’s Day in 2022 was $20 billion in the U.S. – enough to fund NIH-sponsored prostate cancer research for over 70 years.
Americans will spend $10.6 billion on Halloween in 2022, which is more than the total 2022 NIH budget this year for mental health, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, opioid misuse and addiction, kidney disease, antimicrobial resistance and stroke.
For the 2021 tournament, $1.05 billion was estimated to have been collected from national TV ad sales – which could fund over 1,800 NIH research project grants.
The total expected spending for Mother’s Day 2022 in the U.S. was $31.7 billion – enough to fund rare diseases research at NIH for over five years.
St. Patrick’s Day
In 2022, the total expected spending on St. Patrick’s Day by Americans was $5.87 billion – enough to fund the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s research on patient safety for over 80 years.
As of 2021, the market size for the summer camp industry in the U.S. reached $3 billion – more than enough to fund all NIH-sponsored Pediatric Cancer research for four years.
U.S. summer vacation spending for 2022 is projected to reach $194 billion – over three times the proposed FY2023 budget for all of NIH.
Sources: NIH Office of Budget/NIH
In 2021, the value of turkey production in the U.S. reached $5.61 billion – enough to fund all NIH-sponsored foodborne illness research for over 35 years.
2022 Valentine’s Day spending reached $23.9 billion – enough to fund all NIH-sponsored research focused on heart disease for over 15 years.
The snowplowing services in the U.S. industry reached $20 billion – enough to fund all NIH-sponsored research on Pneumonia and Influenza for just over 35 years.