7 things to know about the National Institutes of Health

As a department of HHS, the National Institutes of Health is the leading medical research agency in the U.S.

Here are seven things to know about NIH:

1. Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, has served as the NIH director since August 2009. He is the agency's 16th director.

2. In January, news surfaced regarding whether Dr. Collins would retain his position as NIH director. STAT reported Dr. Collins' previous plans included stepping down from his position and going back to NIH's campus in Bethesda, Md., when President Donald Trump took office. However, Dr. Collins has maintained his position as NIH director.

3. NIH has 27 different components, with each having its own research agency.

4. NIH has five deputy directors including Lawrence Tabak, DDS, PhD; Michael Gottesman, MD; Michael Lauer, MD; Alfred Johnson, PhD; and James Anderson, MD, PhD.

5. The agency invests more than $32.3 billion in efforts to limit illness and disability and enhance quality of life, making NIH the largest biomedical research public funder.

6. NIH allocates more than 80 percent of its funding for competitive grants. The agency provides nearly 50,000 competitive grants to more than 300,000 researchers.

7. On July 12, The House Appropriations Committee proposed a budget including a $1.1 billion funding boost for NIH.

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