At $1.78b, Boston again tops in funding from NIH

CHICAGO — Boston again drew the most National Institutes of Health funding of any city in the nation in 2012, receiving total grants of $1.78 billion. The city’s hospitals, universities, and research institutions attracted 3,700 awards from the NIH last year, about 72 percent of NIH funding in Massachusetts and 8 percent of the agency’s funding nationally.

It was the 18th consecutive year that Boston topped the nation in NIH funding. The results were disclosed Tuesday by Boston officials attending the Biotechnology Industry Organization convention here.

Since 1995, Boston institutions have received $25.2 billion from NIH, the world’s largest funder of medical research. Three local institutions — Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School — ranked among the top 25 recipients of NIH funds last year.

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