Florida scientists get $471M in NIH grants

Florida scientists get $471M in NIH grants

Florida scientists get $471M in NIH grants

Despite a dip in federal research grants, Florida scientists have snagged a bigger share.

National Institutes of Health grants to researchers in the state totaled $471 million for the budget year that ended Sept. 30, an 8 percent increase from $436 million a year earlier.

Nationally, NIH funding fell 3 percent.

The state’s biggest winner was the University of South Florida, which posted a $25 million increase in NIH grants from 2013 to 2014. Phillip Marty, associate vice president of research at USF, said the university has made a concerted effort to increase the number of grant applications it submits. He said only about one in 20 of the school’s proposals are approved.

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