Boston is a city of braniacs, bio-nerds and academics. Stem-cell gossip and ads for psychology studies fill our subways. Scrubs are as probable a uniform as a suit. You kind of love it, right? The National Institute of Health (NIH) loves it too. For the 19th year in a row, Boston topped the list of NIH-funded cities in 2013, raking in $1.72 billion in research grants.
A total of 3,626 grants were awarded to 47 Boston hospitals, universities, and research institutions in 2013, according to a Boston Redevelopment Authority report. Boston is home to the top two NIH-funded hospitals in the country: Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Other highly awarded local institutions include Children’s Hospital Corporation, Harvard University’s Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Boston University’s medical campus and Tufts University’s Boston campus.
The 450 life science companies and higher education institutions along Boston’s Red Line, dubbed the “Life Sciences Corridor’’ by local mayors, also received significant NIH funding. The Life Sciences Corridor, which includes the cities of Boston, Cambridge, Quincy, Somerville and Braintree, received 4,169 awards last year, totaling over $2 billion in investments.
New York, Seattle, San Diego and Philadelphia are also among the top five NIH-funded cities.
The NIH is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world. Boston has received $28.7 billion in NIH funding since 1992.