Research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) saves lives, improves health and offers hope to people affected by disease. It also supports more than 350,000 jobs across the United States and contributes some $60 billion annually in economic activity. Research funded by the NIH is an engine for both medical and economic progress.
In 2015, the NIH provided just over $22.8 billion in extramural research funding to scientists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These researchers are working on some of our most urgent and chronic health problems. Their work also has significant economic ripple effects. Using the Regional Input Output Modeling System (RIMS II) developed by the Department of Commerce, United for Medical Research calculated the impact of NIH research funding in 2015 on jobs and the economy.