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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