Crunching numbers on NIH grants

 

     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.

          Most of the information comes in Excel spreadsheets.  Over the summer, I did a little sorting and came up with a story for Nature Network Boston on FY2008’s biggest winners.  

          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.

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One thought on “Crunching numbers on NIH grants

  1. Tinker, buddy ole chum ole pal! Hope all’s well with you.

    In the future, if you’re not sure if your readership has the Excel skills, you might want to link to the Reporting Cookbook/Reporter’s Cookbook/Reporters’ Cookbook — one of these days we’ll get the name standardized. Anyway, it’s here:
    http://www.forjournalists.com

    There’s some other good stuff on there, from newsroom math to GIS help.

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