If you’re at all familiar with the scientific community then you’ll probably recognize the National Institutes of Health, also known as the NIH, as scientific research’s biggest advocate. Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the NIH serves as our nation’s premiere medical research agency, granting greater than 80% of its budget to research and academic institutions through the distribution of almost 50,000 competitive grants. With such a generous hand for developing research, there is no question as to why so many academic and medical professionals both welcome the support and praise the involvement of the NIH in their research ventures.