In fiscal 2003 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) completed an aggressive and unprecedented doubling of its budget over the previous five years. From fiscal 2003 on, the NIH planned to maintain its financial position. In reality, due to other financial needs of the federal government, the NIH has been relatively flat funded for the past six fiscal years. Adjusted for inflation, fewer funds were available to researchers. However, over this same period, Lifespan investigators have continued to receive NIH funding, and ended fiscal year 2009 with over $49 million of NIH funding, or approximately 75 percent of all external research funding at Lifespan.
In 2009 the federal government announced opportunities for additional funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). To date, Lifespan investigators have received an additional $10 million of new funding to be spent in fiscal years 2009 to 2011.