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Estimates of Funding for Various Research, Condition, and Disease Categories (RCDC)

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Table Published: February 10, 2016

The table below displays the annual support level for various research, condition, and disease categories based on grants, contracts, and other funding mechanisms used across the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

At the request of Congress, the NIH embarked on a process to provide better consistency and transparency in the reporting of its funded research. This new process, implemented in 2008 through the Research, Condition, and Disease Categorization (RCDC) system, uses sophisticated text data mining (categorizing and clustering using words and multiword phrases) in conjunction with NIH-wide definitions used to match projects to categories. RCDC use of data mining improves consistency and eliminates the wide variability in defining the research categories reported. The definitions are a list of terms and concepts selected by NIH scientific experts to define a research category. The research category levels represent the NIH’s best estimates based on the category definitions. For a federal source of case-by-case burden data on a broad variety of diseases, conditions, and populations, please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) FastStats site.

The NIH does not expressly budget by category. The annual estimates reflect amounts that change as a result of science, actual research projects funded, and the NIH budget. The research categories are not mutually exclusive. Individual research projects can be included in multiple categories so amounts depicted within each column of this table do not add up to 100 percent of NIH-funded research.

The table shows historical data for FY 2012 through FY 2015. The FY 2016-2017 estimates are based on RCDC actual data.


Total Number of Research/Disease Areas: 265

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Research/Disease Areas
(Dollars in millions and rounded)
FY 2012ActualFY 2013ActualFY 2014ActualFY 2015ActualFY 2016EstimatedFY 2017Estimated
Acquired Cognitive Impairment + + + $798 $832 $832
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome $98 $95 $85 $108 $112 $112
Adolescent Sexual Activity $76 $70 $68 $85 $88 $88
Agent Orange & Dioxin $8 $10 $8 $9 $9 $9
Aging $2,593 $2,429 $2,556 $2,698 $2,807 $2,807
Alcoholism, Alcohol Use and Health 1/ $455 $437 $475 $473 $494 $494
Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever) $7 $9 $6 $5 $5 $5
ALS $44 $39 $48 $49 $52 $52
Alzheimer's Disease $503 $504 $562 $589 $910 $910
Alzheimer's Disease including Alzheimer's Disease Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) 2/ + + + $631 $991 $991
Alzheimer's Disease Related Dementias (ADRD) 2/ + + + $120 $161 $161
American Indians / Alaska Natives $170 $160 $166 $181 $190 $190
Anorexia $14 $11 $11 $10 $10 $10
Anthrax $84 $70 $67 $53 $56 $56
Antimicrobial Resistance $377 $325 $277 $310 $413 $413
Anxiety Disorders + + + $156 $163 $163
Aphasia $24 $24 $24 $25 $26 $26
Arctic $23 $19 $16 $14 $14 $14
Arthritis $258 $231 $239 $214 $222 $222
Assistive Technology $237 $220 $228 $246 $258 $258
Asthma $229 $207 $241 $281 $289 $289
Ataxia Telangiectasia $11 $11 $8 $7 $8 $8
Atherosclerosis $477 $374 $375 $386 $402 $402
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) $60 $49 $44 $41 $43 $43
Autism $192 $186 $188 $208 $216 $216
Autoimmune Disease $867 $821 $822 $821 $850 $850
Basic Behavioral and Social Science $1,215 $1,172 $1,234 $1,610 $1,683 $1,683
Batten Disease $4 $5 $5 $5 $6 $6
Behavioral and Social Science $3,682 $3,535 $3,688 $3,762 $3,924 $3,924
Biodefense 3/ $1,791 $1,692 $1,746 $1,736 $1,866 $1,866
Bioengineering $3,498 $3,234 $3,329 $3,540 $3,697 $3,697
Biotechnology $6,089 $5,698 $5,889 $6,018 $6,281 $6,281
Bipolar Disorder + + + $80 $83 $83
Brain Cancer $281 $280 $289 $298 $310 $310
Brain Disorders $3,968 $3,708 $3,894 $3,916 $4,108 $4,108
Breast Cancer $800 $657 $682 $674 $699 $699
Burden of Illness $84 $72 $73 $80 $82 $82
Cancer $5,621 $5,274 $5,392 $5,389 $5,652 $6,332
Cannabidiol Research + + + $9 $9 $9
Cannabinoid Research + + + $111 $115 $115
Cardiovascular $2,040 $1,964 $1,950 $1,991 $2,072 $2,072
Cerebral Palsy $42 $18 $21 $20 $21 $21
Cervical Cancer $112 $98 $116 $99 $103 $106
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease $13 $11 $14 $14 $14 $14
Child Abuse and Neglect Research $32 $30 $30 $27 $28 $28
Childhood Leukemia $77 $67 $105 $155 $161 $167
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) $5 $5 $5 $6 $7 $7
Chronic Liver Disease and Cirrhosis $288 $282 $293 $295 $307 $307
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease $101 $102 $107 $97 $100 $100
Climate Change 12/ $8 $8 $6 $7 $7 $7
Climate-Related Exposures and Conditions 14/ $157 $137 $131 $150 $154 $154
Clinical Research $10,951 $10,604 $11,087 $11,366 $11,867 $11,867
Clinical Trials and Supportive Activities 17/ $3,208 $3,155 $3,221 $3,136 $3,266 $3,266
Colo-Rectal Cancer $302 $281 $271 $309 $321 $331
Comparative Effectiveness Research $597 $559 $610 $587 $611 $611
Complementary and Alternative Medicine $493 $380 $367 $337 $348 $348
Conditions Affecting the Embryonic and Fetal Periods 15/ $165 $151 $175 $200 $204 $204
Congenital Structural Anomalies $0 $0 $0 $404 $420 $420
Contraception/Reproduction $448 $408 $394 $424 $434 $434
Cooley's Anemia $20 $15 $18 $15 $16 $16
Cost Effectiveness Research $78 $82 $70 $175 $182 $182
Crohn's Disease $76 $61 $65 $66 $69 $69
Cystic Fibrosis $86 $78 $77 $80 $83 $83
Dementia $0 $650 $704 $721 $753 $753
Dental/Oral and Craniofacial Disease $516 $480 $483 $493 $512 $512
Depression $429 $415 $396 $390 $406 $406
Diabetes 4/ $1,061 $1,007 $1,011 $1,010 $1,044 $1,044
Diagnostic Radiology $1,090 $1,079 $1,078 $1,272 $1,320 $1,320
Diethylstilbestrol (DES) $3 $1 $1 $1 $1 $1
Digestive Diseases $1,719 $1,575 $1,607 $1,684 $1,754 $1,754
Digestive Diseases - (Gallbladder) $11 $10 $9 $8 $8 $8
Digestive Diseases - (Peptic Ulcer) $20 $19 $15 $16 $16 $16
Down Syndrome $20 $18 $18 $24 $25 $25
Drug Abuse (NIDA Only) 5/ $1,052 $993 $1,018 $1,016 $1,051 $1,051
Duchenne/ Becker Muscular Dystrophy $34 $33 $32 $30 $32 $32
Dystonia $14 $13 $12 $14 $15 $15
Eating Disorders 6/ $34 $31 $30 $31 $32 $32
Eczema / Atopic Dermatitis + + + $27 $28 $28
Emergency Care + + + $122 $128 $128
Emerging Infectious Diseases $2,153 $1,804 $1,930 $2,053 $2,200 $2,200
Emphysema $20 $24 $27 $28 $29 $29
Endometriosis $9 $7 $7 $10 $11 $11
Epilepsy $156 $129 $154 $138 $145 $145
Estrogen $221 $218 $203 $194 $201 $201
Eye Disease And Disorders Of Vision $841 $774 $824 $779 $815 $815
Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy $5 $5 $7 $8 $9 $9
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome $32 $33 $34 $32 $33 $33
Fibroid Tumors (Uterine) $14 $10 $9 $10 $10 $10
Fibromyalgia $13 $11 $10 $8 $9 $9
Food Allergies $31 $36 $35 $39 $41 $41
Foodborne Illness 7/ $257 $229 $232 $105 $109 $109
Fragile X Syndrome $27 $30 $36 $38 $40 $40
Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) $26 $32 $37 $36 $37 $37
Gene Therapy $256 $226 $253 $238 $248 $250
Gene Therapy Clinical Trials $15 $15 $26 $23 $24 $24
Genetic Testing $255 $272 $231 $161 $167 $167
Genetics $7,632 $7,144 $7,324 $7,480 $7,826 $7,879
Global Warming Climate Change $6 $6 $4 $4 $4 $4
Headaches $24 $25 $24 $24 $25 $25
Health Disparities 8/ $2,740 $2,722 $2,734 $2,825 $2,952 $2,952
Health Effects of Household Energy Combustion + + + $14 $14 $14
Health Effects of Indoor Air Pollution + + + $103 $106 $106
Health Services $1,317 $1,262 $1,342 $1,437 $1,500 $1,500
Heart Disease $1,278 $1,230 $1,224 $1,262 $1,314 $1,314
Heart Disease - Coronary Heart Disease $468 $404 $421 $426 $444 $444
Hematology $1,091 $1,020 $1,189 $1,217 $1,264 $1,264
Hepatitis $210 $195 $251 $262 $273 $273
Hepatitis - A $2 $2 $3 $4 $4 $4
Hepatitis - B $51 $48 $48 $42 $43 $43
Hepatitis - C $112 $101 $111 $96 $100 $100
HIV/AIDS 9/ $3,074 $2,898 $2,978 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Hodgkin's Disease $21 $13 $14 $16 $16 $16
Homelessness $10 $11 $14 $15 $16 $16
Homicide and Legal Interventions $1 $0 $0 $1 $1 $1
HPV and/or Cervical Cancer Vaccines $26 $25 $38 $31 $32 $32
Human Fetal Tissue 11/ $71 $67 $76 $80 $84 $84
Human Genome $2,271 $2,473 $2,701 $2,891 $3,025 $3,025
Huntington's Disease $65 $55 $50 $39 $39 $39
Hydrocephalus $7 $6 $5 $6 $6 $6
Hyperbaric Oxygen $2 $1 $2 $3 $3 $3
Hypertension $215 $222 $216 $214 $222 $222
Immunization $1,733 $1,656 $1,607 $1,617 $1,669 $1,669
Infant Mortality + + + $75 $78 $78
Infant Mortality/ (LBW) $287 $253 $268 $293 $302 $302
Infectious Diseases $3,867 $4,887 $5,002 $5,032 $5,249 $5,249
Infertility $74 $78 $76 $72 $73 $73
Inflammatory Bowel Disease $121 $114 $125 $128 $134 $134
Influenza $251 $304 $262 $280 $285 $285
Injury - Childhood Injuries $37 $37 $35 $39 $41 $41
Injury - Trauma - (Head and Spine) $171 $183 $216 $197 $208 $208
Injury - Traumatic brain injury $79 $88 $87 $93 $99 $99
Injury - Unintentional Childhood Injury $22 $20 $22 $23 $24 $24
Injury (total) Accidents/Adverse Effects $366 $367 $404 $399 $418 $418
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) 15/ $355 $343 $356 $382 $397 $397
Interstitial Cystitis $10 $10 $9 $10 $11 $11
Kidney Disease $556 $551 $549 $564 $586 $586
Lead Poisoning $8 $8 $7 $7 $8 $8
Lewy Body Dementia + + $15 $15 $16 $16
Liver Cancer $73 $71 $74 $85 $89 $89
Liver Disease $632 $594 $605 $616 $642 $642
Lung $1,286 $1,230 $1,329 $1,619 $1,678 $1,678
Lung Cancer $233 $208 $254 $349 $362 $362
Lupus $108 $92 $99 $90 $93 $93
Lyme Disease $25 $20 $23 $24 $25 $25
Lymphoma $213 $233 $251 $270 $281 $281
Macular Degeneration $101 $98 $82 $82 $85 $85
Major Depressive Disorder + + + $95 $99 $99
Malaria $152 $147 $169 $163 $171 $171
Malaria Vaccine $40 $34 $36 $44 $46 $46
Mental Health $2,287 $2,174 $2,213 $2,263 $2,381 $2,381
Methamphetamine $69 $68 $63 $58 $60 $60
Migraines $18 $19 $20 $20 $20 $20
Mind and Body $533 $210 $211 $217 $226 $226
Minority Health 8/ $2,487 $2,428 $2,514 $2,538 $2,653 $2,653
Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) $10 $8 $6 $6 $6 $6
Multiple Sclerosis $115 $112 $102 $94 $98 $98
Muscular Dystrophy $75 $76 $78 $77 $80 $80
Myasthenia Gravis $7 $7 $8 $7 $7 $7
Myotonic Dystrophy $10 $10 $9 $9 $10 $10
Nanotechnology 12/ $456 $430 $409 $364 $381 $381
Networking and Information Technology R&D 12/ $532 $521 $612 $729 $764 $764
Neuroblastoma $34 $33 $37 $32 $33 $33
Neurodegenerative $1,671 $1,619 $1,743 $1,662 $1,744 $1,744
Neurofibromatosis $18 $17 $21 $22 $23 $23
Neurosciences $5,618 $5,340 $5,580 $5,742 $6,041 $6,041
Nutrition $1,692 $1,524 $1,555 $1,574 $1,631 $1,631
Obesity $836 $812 $857 $900 $931 $931
Organ Transplantation $150 $140 $142 $148 $154 $154
Orphan Drug $809 $764 $809 $785 $817 $817
Osteoarthritis + + + $76 $79 $79
Osteogenesis Imperfecta $9 $8 $11 $11 $11 $11
Osteoporosis $181 $164 $141 $146 $151 $151
Otitis Media $17 $14 $16 $15 $16 $16
Ovarian Cancer $147 $133 $131 $118 $123 $123
Paget's Disease $1 $0 $0 $1 $1 $1
Pain Conditions - Chronic $396 $402 $402 $391 $406 $406
Pain Research $479 $475 $499 $463 $481 $481
Pancreatic Cancer $127 $125 $123 $174 $181 $181
Parkinson's Disease $154 $135 $139 $146 $152 $152
Patient Safety $845 $858 $1,008 $861 $897 $897
Pediatric $3,612 $3,266 $3,486 $3,632 $3,766 $3,766
Pediatric AIDS 9/ $219 $188 $166 $166 $168 $170
Pediatric Cancer + + $276 $342 $355 $355
Pediatric Research Initiative $379 $258 $343 $512 $522 $522
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease $3 $3 $2 $4 $5 $5
Perinatal - Birth - Preterm (LBW) $217 $198 $206 $223 $230 $230
Perinatal - Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome $38 $33 $52 $31 $32 $32
Perinatal Period - Conditions Originating in Perinatal Period $538 $486 $534 $561 $578 $578
Peripheral Neuropathy 18/ $145 $151 $156 $105 $109 $109
Physical Rehabilitation + + $113 $120 $125 $125
Pick's Disease $2 $3 $4 $2 $3 $3
Pneumonia $115 $113 $107 $112 $117 $117
Pneumonia & Influenza $358 $407 $362 $384 $401 $401
Polycystic Kidney Disease $42 $40 $36 $29 $31 $31
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) $0 $77 $79 $85 $88 $88
Prescription Drug Abuse $33 $33 $40 $48 $49 $49
Prevention $5,924 $6,686 $6,858 $7,027 $7,300 $7,300
Prostate Cancer $257 $286 $254 $288 $299 $299
Psoriasis $10 $12 $13 $14 $14 $14
Rare Diseases $3,623 $3,456 $3,639 $3,679 $3,832 $3,832
Regenerative Medicine $877 $831 $836 $862 $898 $898
Rehabilitation $449 $446 $494 $514 $537 $537
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