Florida’s $528 million in National Institutes of Health grants in 2016 ranked 12th among U.S. states. Florida trails biotech hubs California ($3.6 billion), Massachusetts ($2.5 billion), New York ($2.1 billion) and Pennsylvania ($1.5 billion) by a widening margin.
Adjust for population, and Florida falls to the back of the pack. While Massachusetts brought in a nation-leading $371 per resident in NIH grants in 2016, Florida’s $26 per person ranked 41st.
“We need to work harder, both scientifically and politically, to make that better,” said Scripps Florida researcher Michael Farzan. “Florida is a great place to work, but we don’t have yet the kind of critical mass that Massachusetts, California and Texas have.”