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Funding is the major limiting factor for our research. Each year ACCM Research Faculty must secure sufficient funding from outside agencies or benefactors to support their ground-breaking research. This process has become increasingly challenging as the funds available to support research have diminished. Indeed, over the last few years, there has been a dramatic reduction in the overall success rate for obtaining funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Despite these national trends, ACCM has successfully competed for this dwindling pool of resources. Our NIH funding has increased over the last few years, as has our funding from Private Foundations and other sources (including commercial contracts). Indeed, our total funding has more than doubled from 2004 to 2008. Figure 2 presents annual direct costs available to support ACCM research from NIH and other sources during fiscal years 2004 through 2008. Only those awards for which the ACCM faculty was a Principal Investigator (or Lead Investigator) on the project or sub-project (e.g., component awards of a larger program grant) were included.