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Transplantation and Immunology Research Network

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State of Research Funding

Research Funding Landscape

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invests nearly $30.1 billion1 annually in medical research for the American people.

More than 80% of the NIH's funding is awarded through almost 50,000 competitive grants to more than 300,000 researchers at more than 2,500 universities, medical schools, and other research institutions in every state and around the world.

Funding from the NIH has always played an important role in supporting ground-breaking and life-saving research in transplantation and immunology. Fortunately for the American public, there is research happening in all areas of health, including cancer, gastrointestinal conditions, allergies, and so on. Unfortunately for researchers, that means that funding must be stretched farther and farther each year, while the actual amount of available NIH funding has been in decline since 20102. The need to find alternate sources of funding has never been greater as the research funding landscape becomes bleaker. Part of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) Transplantation and Immunology Research Network (TIRN) mission is to help identify these alternate funding sources and connect researchers with the resources they need to continue making organ transplant a life-long solution.