National Institutes of Health Funding for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: An Opportunity for Otolaryngologists

Christopher J. Gouveia*, Hannan A. Qureshi, Robert C. Kern, Stephanie Shintani Smith

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Objective To describe current levels and trends of funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and to recognize the current status of otolaryngologists in OSA research. Study Design Scientometric analysis. Methods The NIH RePORTER database was queried for the search term "obstructive sleep apnea" for all available years. Sex, degree, academic department, NIH funding source, geography, funding totals and years, and h-index of principal investigators (PIs) were collected and summarized. Results A total of 397 projects spanning 1242 total funding years were funded. Of the 273 individual PIs, 33.3% (91/273) were female. Regarding credentials, 52.4% of PIs (143/273) were MD or MD/PhD, and 41.0% (112/273) were PhD alone. Academic departments of PIs were most often medicine (34.1%), pediatrics (12.1%), cell biology/physiology (10.6%), and psychiatry (7.7%). Seven otolaryngology faculty members had received NIH funding for OSA research (2.6% of total PIs) since 2000. They accounted for 8 grants (0.25% of total grants) and $7,235,729 (1.5% of total dollars) of research funding. Conclusion Despite studies showing increasing levels of OSA surgery being performed and major areas of research and clinical opportunity, otolaryngologists represent a small minority of OSA research funding. This information may help direct our specialty when setting priorities regarding research funding, as research into the basic science and clinical management of OSA represents a broad and interdisciplinary pursuit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)671-678
Number of pages8
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • National Institutes of Health
  • OSA
  • funding
  • obstructive sleep apnea
  • otolaryngology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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