While the health benefits associated with investments in National Institutes of Health research are widely discussed and recognized, less acknowledged is the agency’s impact on the U.S. economy. Together with renowned economists and issue experts, United for Medical Research has published several reports, many of which highlight the significant economic benefits of sustained funding for the NIH.


NIH today, supports over 400,000 jobs all across the country and remains the largest funder of life sciences research in the United States. This report provides an overview – state-by-state - of the impact of the NIH on the U.S. economy for FY2014.

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This report provides alternative approaches to ensuring sustained investment in medical discovery and economic growth within the biomedical sector.


In this series, United for Medical Research speaks with our nation’s distinguished medical researchers to learn more about the challenges plaguing their scientific studies, research colleagues and labs.


This report highlights a diverse range of innovative life science companies large and small who trace their core advances to National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.


This report is an update to the highly-cited Battelle 2011 report tracking the growth of the genomics industry and its links to the federally funded Human Genome Project (HGP).

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This report finds that looming sequestration cuts to medical research threaten more than 20,000 jobs.

Leadership in Decline
Released: 2012

An examination of the United States’ diminishing international competitiveness in biomedical research.


Read about the economic impact of the looming, across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect in 2013.


A 2012 update to An Economic Engine, showing that in 2011, NIH extramural research supported 432,000 American jobs.

An Economic Engine
Released: 2011

A study detailing the economic benefits of NIH-funded extramural research, which generated $68 billion in economic activity in 2010 alone.

Profiles of Promise
Released: 2010

Read about several exceptional leaders in Congress who realize the true power of NIH to save lives and bolster the economy.


A look at how increased NIH funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has worked across the country in the service of better health and a healthier economy.