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Wound research funding from alternative sources of federal funds in 2012

Authors

  • Katherine L. Baquerizo Nole MD,

    1. Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
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  • Elizabeth Yim MPH,

    1. Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
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  • Freya Van Driessche MS,

    1. Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
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  • Jeffrey M. Davidson PhD,

    1. Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Research Service, VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville, Tennessee
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  • Manuela Martins-Green PhD,

    1. Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, University of California, Riverside, California
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  • Chandan K. Sen PhD,

    1. Comprehensive Wound Center, Wexner Medical Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
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  • Marjana Tomic-Canic PhD,

    1. Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
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  • Robert S. Kirsner MD, PhD

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
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      Email: RKirsner@med.miami.edu

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Abstract

Chronic wounds represent a major healthcare burden, costing $25 billion annually, and are associated with high mortality. We previously reported that cutaneous wound healing represented only 0.1% ($29.8 million) of the National Institutes of Health budget. This current study focuses on quantifying the contribution by federal agencies other than the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2012. Federal databases including USA Spending, Veterans Affairs, Tracking Accountability in Government Grants Systems, Health Services Research Projects in Progress, and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, were searched for individual projects addressing wound healing. Twenty-seven projects were identified, totaling funding of $16,588,623 (median: $349,856). Four sponsor institutions accounted for 74% of awarded funds: Department of the Army, National Science Foundation, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality. Research projects and cooperative agreements comprised 44% and 37% of awarded grants. New applications and continuing projects represented 52% and 37%. Wound healing represented 0.15% of total medical research funded by the non-National Institutes of Health federal sector. Compared with potential impact on US public health, federal investment in wound research is exiguous. This analysis will draw attention to a disproportionately low investment in wound research and its perils to American public health.

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