FIGURE 7-1 NIH research funding for specific diseases and conditions, 1987 to 2005.

NOTE: Funding levels are in actual, not constant, dollars. Funding for 2004 and 2005 are estimates. The data point for stroke in 2001 reflects, in part, an additional $70 million distributed by NINDS.

SOURCE: NIH, 2004c; Personal communication, A. Howard, NIH, August 3, 2004.

Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to be funded for approximately $700 million (NIH, 2004c; Personal communication, A. Howard, NIH, August 4, 2004). The levels of NIH funding for spinal cord injury research have shown steady but modest increases since 1987 (Figure 7-1). Data from the Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects (CRISP) database2 indicate that the number of NIH investigator-initiated research


CRISP is a searchable database, maintained by NIH, of federally funded biomedical research projects funded by NIH, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health. To determine the number of grants, fellowships, training grants, and career development awards, among others, the CRISP database was searched by using the following search terms found in the CRISP thesaurus: “spinal cord injury,” “multiple sclerosis,” “Parkinson’s disease,” “Alzheimer’s disease,” “stroke,” and “epilepsy.”

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