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Where does the science come from? The top 20 NIH-funded institutions in 2017

Editor's note This is the first of a two-part series in Endpoints News on the top research institutions US and and the funding they rely on. We'll be back soon with a measure on quality, with a whole new lineup of the top centers in the country.

The scientific research that underlies drug development doesn’t come cheap. While industry pays for a large chunk of it, federal funding — often in the form of grants from the National Institutes of Health — also constitute a significant source of money.

By looking at where the funding stream flows, we could get a better idea of where biomedical research is coming from. Every year, the NIH provides grants to 300,000 researchers across 2,500 universities, medical schools and other research institutes. Between them, they shared around $26 billion in funding in 2017.

A look at publicly available data suggests that much of this funding is, in a remarkably consistent fashion, concentrated in select elite universities.

Top 20 institutions with the most NIH funding

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