Project Mission & Scope for FY22
Federal funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to diagnostic radiology departments has been collected and reported annually since this project was initiated in the early 90s by Stanley Baum, MD, former chair of radiology and professor emeritus of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2017, the Academy took over this effort and now annually, collects data directly from institutions and cross checks that data with NIH Reporter. The criteria for those grants can be found in the below guidelines. This project illustrates the historical trajectory of Federal funding from the NIH to radiology departments across the country. The grants collected for this project represent all funding to radiology departments, including funding related to the following (although not limited to): diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, advanced imaging research, internal medicine, neuroscience, and radiation medicine.
This project’s information is tracked annually for each fiscal year (FY) and shared by the Academy to show the amount of Federal funding from the NIH that goes to radiology, as well as how that funding is allocated across departments. Shown below is a chart depicting the history of this funding between 1985 & 2021 (note the outlying increase in 2010 as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) with lines indicating both the percent change to NIH’s overall budget as well as diagnostic radiology funding.
The Academy collects and leverages these data as a strong advocacy tool on behalf of our community. In addition, we realize that many academic radiology leaders use these data for benchmarking their programs and advocating for their departments. Since this project’s founding, the Academy’s goal has been to employ a transparent way to disseminate these data to empower departments while reflecting the Academy’s role in the dissemination. The growth in multi-investigator collaborative research has led to challenges in apportioning credit in a formal ranking system, so in 2019, after much discussion about how this project intersects with the Academy’s mission and its overall value to our membership, the Executive Committee voted to disseminate the data in a new, more dynamic format. The Academy now distributes an ALPHABETICAL list, as opposed to a ranked order. You will find more details in the nine-step instructional guide below.
Additionally, in 2020, due to the major delays in the FOIA requests of FY2020 and FY2021’s data from COVID-19, the Academy decided to ask member departments, research hospitals, and non-member departments (included in the FY19 data collection) to submit their own data. Utilizing NIH Reporter Academy staff vets each grant individually before adding to a department’s final totals, departments are also given the chance to review the Academy’s changes and offer more evidence for inclusion. Through this process the Academy is able to transparently collect and collate two years of NIH funding to diagnostic radiology. Given the successful outcomes of this new process, the Academy now uses this method of collection.