Tuesday, October 23, 2018

NIH Funding Down for 2018

NIH Funding for ME Goes Down in 2018

Posted on October 21, 2018 by Jennie Spotila


Fiscal year 2018 is over, so now we can answer the question of whether
ME research funding at NIH would go up or down. As I predicted back in
July, the answer is down.

Here's the TL;DR version:

- NIH funding for ME research decreased 17% in 2018.
- Funding for non-Center grants will decrease an additional 30% in
2019 unless NIH funds enough new grants to replace the expired ones.
- NIH's funding is now heavily concentrated at a small number of institutions.
- NIH's ancillary activities are not sufficient to overcome the funding problem.
- Some of the most important contributors are missing in action.
NIH must stop blaming people with ME for the low number of research
- Given that NIH funding has decreased, how should we respond?

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