The NIH has been in the news a lot lately, and not just because of discoveries being made at its institutes or grants it’s doling out. The institute recently reported plans to create the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) because it believes that there is a lot of basic research that is not being applied to drug development. To do this NIH will axe the National Center for Research Resources, ending some of its programs and transferring the remaining to NCATS and other NIH institutes.
On the other hand, House Resolution 38 was passed that calls for discretionary spending to return to 2008 levels. For NIH, a return to 2008 spending levels means a budget of $29.3 billion, versus the $31 billion given for 2010. Cutbacks could include halting some grant competitions or awarding fewer numbers of grants or smaller awards.
As we follow this developing story, here’s a look back at grants given out last year. Below are two lists: The first shows institutes that received the largest awards based on the total value of all NIH grants awarded in 2010.The second includes the top principal investigators funded by the NIH.