Massachusetts ranks second among the 50 states when it comes to landing research grants from The National Institutes of Health. (California tops the list.) Last year, NIH sent more than $2 billion to Massachusetts. This money drives medical research – that can’t be overstated. Researchers’ careers depend on their ability to win NIH grants.
Until recently, NIH issued reports about this funding – for example, a ranking of states or universities by their success in winning grants.
Now you can run your own reports from a new web site.
On January 15, 2009, the National Institutes of Health made public the results of a new process for providing detailed funding information for 215 major areas of research. The Research, Condition, and Disease Categorization (RCDC) process uses standard category definitions, knowledge management principles, and computerized tools to categorize research projects.
The data has its limits. But anyone with an interest in where NIH money goes can learn a lot on this site. Basic Excel skills will come in very handy.