A windfall year at NIH

This has been a boom year at the National Institutes of Health. With a $10 billion infusion thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the agency found itself in the unfamiliar position of being flush with cash. As Congress decides how it will fund the NIH and the nation's other federal science agencies in 2010 and 2011, we take a look back at scientists and fields of research that scored big this year. The following are 2009's ten most funded Research, Condition, and Disease

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Dec 15, 2009
This has been a boom year at the National Institutes of Health. With a $10 billion infusion thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the agency found itself in the unfamiliar position of being flush with cash. As Congress decides how it will fund the NIH and the nation's other federal science agencies in 2010 and 2011, we take a look back at scientists and fields of research that scored big this year. The following are 2009's ten most funded Research, Condition, and Disease Categories, according to the NIH:
Image: US Dept. of the Treasury
Clinical Research - $9,931,000
Genetics - $7,066,000
Cancer - $5,748,000
Biotechnology - $5,390,000
Neurosciences - $5,372,000
Prevention - $4,752,000
Brain Disorders - $3,835,000
Infectious Diseases - $3,678,000
Clinical Trials - $3,663,000
Women's Health - $3,627,000 NIH's stimulus boost provided a lot of funding and new grants to investigators in 2009. Researchers applied...

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