Monday, September 7, 2009

New way to check NIH funding

Curious how your taxpayer dollars are spent on health research?  Here's how you can find out what's being funded -- and contact NIH if you're unhappy with either the types of research or how many dollars are being spent on CFS.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
NIH Office of the Director (OD)

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 4, 2009

CONTACT: Megan Columbus, 301-435-0937,


Comprehensive funding information for NIH grants
and contracts is now available on the NIH Research
Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT) thanks to a
new, user-friendly system called the RePORT
Expenditures and Results, or RePORTER.

RePORTER combines NIH project databases and
funding records, PubMed abstracts, full-text articles
from PubMed Central, and information from the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office with a robust search
engine, allowing users to locate descriptions and
funding details on NIH-funded projects along with
research results that cite the NIH support.

"With the addition of RePORTER, we have taken a
big step toward providing NIH's broad community of
stakeholders-including biomedical researchers,
research administrators, science policy makers, and
members of the general public-with richer
information, accessible in a form designed to meet
their diverse set of needs," said Sally Rockey, Ph.D.,
acting deputy director of extramural research.

"In addition to a being a public service to our
stakeholders, it's a good example of the
transparency and openness in government that
the public deserves and has come to expect."

User-defined searches allow the public to refine,
export and analyze results and provide insights into
NIH spending, as well as research results across
NIH-funded projects, institutions, investigators or
scientific concepts.

Searching for grants funded by the Recovery Act is
made especially easy by a checkbox that limits
searches to that area of interest.

Plans for improvements in RePORTER include
allowing users to personalize their experience. NIH's
goal is to provide users the ability to save favorite
searches, set alerts for new grants, publications and
patents, and even export the entire RePORTER

RePORTER is the newest tool on the RePORT
website, NIH's comprehensive online repository of
reports, data and analyses of research-related

RePORT provides a wealth of data on NIH's
research-related grant and contract funding, including
general reports and statistics, funding by research,
condition and disease categories, new data
visualization tools, and more.

Dynamic reports and geographic mapping tools offer
unparalleled access to information on NIH's Recovery
Act grant funding on an individual project, state or
national level.

RePORT is available at:
The project search tool, RePORTER, is available
through the RePORT site or by going directly to:

The Office of the Director, the central office at NIH,
is responsible for setting policy for NIH, which
includes 27 Institutes and Centers.

This involves planning, managing, and coordinating
the programs and activities of all NIH components.

The Office of the Director also includes program
offices which are responsible for stimulating specific
areas of research throughout NIH. Additional
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) -- The
Nation's Medical Research Agency -- includes 27
Institutes and Centers and is a component of the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

It is the primary federal agency for conducting and
supporting basic, clinical and translational medical
research, and it investigates the causes, treatments,
and cures for both common and rare diseases. For
more information about NIH and its programs, visit:

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