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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is one of the world’s foremost research agencies. It is made up of 27 different components called Institutes and Centers, and each has its own specific research agenda. All but three receive their funding directly from Congress and administrate their own budgets.

The NIH invests more than $30.9 billion annually in medical research. More than 80 percent of the NIH’s funding is awarded through almost 50,000 competitive grants to more than 300,000 researchers at more than 2,500 universities, medical schools, and other research institutions in every state and around the world.

CaliforniaMore than 130 Nobel Prize winners have received NIH funding.


California has led the U.S. in NIH funding. The biomedical industry in California as well as the research institutes and scientists depend on NIH grants for much of their work. The government investment is translated directly into biomedical jobs and revenue for the state and medical products and health care innovations for Californians and the world.

CaliforniaThe top ten California research universities and organizations received more than $2.5 billion in NIH funding through mid-October 2012. Total NIH grants awarded to California organizations are $3.3 billion.

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