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NIH Research Grant Applications Increased FY1998 to FY2011

Sep 21, 2012

Data includes competing applications for investigator-initiated research project grants that were not submitted in response to a specific request for applications. Total direct costs requested in such applications went from $4.4 billion in FY 1998 to $13 billion in FY 2011.

The amount of money awarded in that pool doubled, from $1 billion to $2 billion. Put another way, in FY 1998 the demand for research dollars was 3.6 times the supply. By FY 2011, demand was 6.5 times the supply. The largest factor in this change is a rise in the number of applicants—from 19,000 to 32,000.

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BILAT-USA (Grant Agreement no: 244434) and Link2US (Grant Agreement no: 244371) Projects are co-funded by the European Union’s Capacities Programme on International Cooperation under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Cooperation.