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March 22, 2023

Report: National Institutes of Health added $264M to Maine economy in 2022

2 people in masks and lab coats with test tubes COURTESY / UNIVERSITY OF MAINE The University of Maine/Orono received seven National Institutes of Health research grants totaling $2,726,984 in 2022.

The National Institutes of Health supported 1,950 jobs and $264 million in economic activity in Maine during 2022 through $112.7 million in grants and contracts, according to a new report. 

The sum was above NIH funding of $109.7 million in 2021. According to the report by United for Medical Research, a coalition of research institutions, patient and health advocates and private industry, every $1 invested yields $2.64 in new economic activity. 

FY22 research funding in Maine was awarded to:

Nationwide, $36.68 billion in research funding from the National Institutes of Health supported 568,585 jobs and generated $96.84 billion in new economic activity nationwide last year. 

More than 80% of the NIH budget is awarded via grants each year. Funding supports employment and the purchase of research-related goods, services and materials. 

The NIH budget has seen increases each year since 2016, putting the agency on a sustainable growth path after years of flat funding. Compared to FY15, increases to the NIH budget in FY22 resulted in $13.86 billion more grant funding to researchers, $36.13 billion more economic activity and 216,236 more jobss

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