Every year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) releases an online resource called the NIH Data Book. Its current iteration is the most powerful the resource has ever been at communicating “funding trends on grants and contract awards, success rates, small business programs, peer review, as well as the scientific workforce.”
The Data Book’s new interactive visualizations, added in 2019, make it easy to explore the mountains of data available from NIH-funded projects and programs.
Exploring the NIH Data Book
If you are unfamiliar with the Data Book, we recommend that you begin your exploration by getting the lay of the land. Browse the categories listed in the left navigation menu to better understand the breadth of information at your fingertips:
- NIH Budget History
- Research Grants
- Small Business Research (SBIR/STTR)
- Success and Funding Rates
- NIH Peer Review
- The NIH-Funded Research Workforce
- National Statistics on Graduate Students
- National Statistics on Postdoctorates
- Historical Data Books
- Report Glossary
From there, dive into the data by running keyword search queries, or by studying the charts that catch your eye in your category of choice.
For example, if you are interested in the intersection of health science and business, you might want to explore the Small Business Research (SBIR/STTR) section, where you will find charts like this one, which breaks down funding by Institute or Center.
Clicking on one of the years (circles) on the Funding Trend Total chart will show that year’s breakdown of funding by institute / center in the top chart. In this example, the year is 2017.
At the bottom of each chart you may find notes as well as a link to the source material. Additionally, each chart’s data and graphics can be exported for further analysis and easily shared.
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