Research News: Industry funding of life-science research is down

In an article published in the November/December 2009 issue of Health Affairs, Darren Zinner reports on a survey of life science faculty members at the NIH-supported universities that indicates that industry support for university research may be down since the 1990s.

Overall, 20 percent of research faculty received industry funding in 2006, a significant decrease from the 28 percent of faculty in 1995. For those with industry support, the magnitude of per-investigator funding remained essentially unchanged, indicating a decrease in overall corporate spending in academic life-science research. As in the previous studies, industry relationships were more common among senior faculty members, with full professors being up to twice as likely as junior faculty to be involved with industry.

EurekaAlert 11/3/2009


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