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Maine’s $110M in NIH research grants supported nearly 2,000 jobs last year
Bar Harbor organization Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory received 14 NIH grants in 2021, totaling $8,261,874.
Maine laboratories, colleges and other organizations garnered $109.7 million last year in research grants from the National Institutes of Health.
The money supported 1,890 jobs and $255 million in economic activity, according to a study by United for Medical Research, a Washington, D.C.-based coalition of research institutions, patient and health advocates and private industry
Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor was by far the big winner, awarded 119 grants that totaled $74,133,426.
Another Bar Harbor organization, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, also did well, with 14 grants in 2021, totaling $8,261,874.
MaineHealth in Portland received 24 grants adding up to $16,534,719.
Other recipients were:
- Bowdoin College, one grant, $400,669
- ContinueYou LLC dba RAE Health, Newcastle, one grant, $739,128
- National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education, South Portland, two grants, $2,367,936
- Prapela Inc., a Biddeford biotechnology company creating a medical device for infant health, one grant, $1,330,596
- University of Maine/Orono, six grants, $1,704,844
- University of New England, Biddeford, two grants, $2,602,188
- University of Southern Maine, Portland, one grant, $408,684
- Wabanaki Health and Wellness, a Bangor provider of behavioral health, housing support and other services to Wabanaki community members, one grant, $1,169,473
According to the study, every dollar invested in NIH research drives $2.60 in new local economic activity.
Nationwide, NIH awarded $35.73 billion to researchers in 2021. The funding supported 552,444 jobs and generated $94.18 billion in economic activity.
“While the role that the NIH plays in saving and improving lives is well known, fewer people are aware of its critical impact on our economy — from supporting jobs and economic activity, as this report illustrates, to fueling the fundamental research and discovery that keeps America at the forefront of biomedical innovation,” United for Medical Research President Chris Austin said in a news release.
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