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Report shows strong but uneven spending in medical and health R&D across sectors over five-year period

November 21, 2018 / Jeff Lagasse

Total investment in medical and health research and development in the U.S. grew by 27 percent from 2013 to 2017, led by industry and the federal government, according to a new report from Research!America. Industry accounted for 67 percent of total spending in 2017, followed by the federal government at 22 percent. The National Institutes of Health accounted for the lion's share of federal spending in medical and health research in 2017 -- $32.4 billion, or 82.1 percent. Academic and research institutions, including colleges and universities, independent research institutes and independent hospital medical research centers also increased spending, dedicating more than $14.2 billion of their own funds -- endowment, donations and the like -- to medical and health R&D in 2017.