There has been a steady level of sleep-related clinical research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research reported in “Overview of sleep research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health,” an abstract that was presented Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at SLEEP 2010 in San Antonio, Texas.

The NCSDR analyzed all 643 active NIH-funded, sleep-related grants for fiscal year 2009. Results show that 50 percent of the grants constituted clinical research, the same percentage that was reported in a 1999 analysis of fiscal year 1995 funding. Three of the clinical research grants were Phase III randomized clinical trials, representing a new dimension for the NIH-supported sleep research field. The analysis also found that 21 percent of the grants involved new investigators, and 12 percent involved early stage investigators. Read the complete abstract (ID #1095) online in the SLEEP abstract supplement.