The National Institutes of Health, the country’s primary funder of biomedical research, got $34.6 billion from taxpayers this year and doled out big chunks of that to scientists at universities, hospitals, and companies across the country. Curious where that money goes? We’ve compiled a list of the 10 individual labs getting the most funding this year from the NIH. Only one of the top grants went to to a project led by a woman, a reflection of women’s historic underrepresentation in NIH grants.
You’ll note that many of the top projects involve Alzheimer’s disease. That’s no coincidence: Congress boosted the NIH’s budget by $2 billion this year (bucking President Trump, who wanted to cut the budget). Of that extra funding, $400 million was earmarked for research on this form of dementia.
One final note about these figures: They represent the payments for just one year, though the projects may run for several years with additional funding down the road.