Saving Lives and Boosting the Economy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the world’s premier health research agency, driving life-changing discovery that enhances health, reduces illness and disability and offers hope to people the world-over.

In addition to improving and saving lives, NIH research also helps fuel our economy. More than 80 percent of NIH’s annual budget is awarded through competitive grants to researchers in every state.

In Fiscal Year 2020 (Oct. 1, 2019–Sept. 30, 2020), the NIH awarded 61,933 grants totaling $34.65 billion to researchers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


This research funding supported 536,338 jobs and drove $91.35 billion in economic activity, making the NIH a research and economic powerhouse.

There is no better investment than one that saves lives and fuels the economy.
536,338 Jobs
Supported by NIH research in FY2020