Massachusetts General Hospital operates the largest hospital-based research program in the United States. Here are some facts and figures about our research efforts.

With a budget of nearly $1.2 billion in 2021, Mass General is home to the largest hospital-based research enterprise in the United State. Mass General ranks 1st among independent hospitals in the amount of annual funding received from NIH, and 8th among all institutions.

Research at Mass General takes place in 30 departments, centers and institutes across the hospital. The Department of Medicine has the largest research portfolio at 20% of the total. We also have significant research programs taking place in our Thematic Research Centers (14%), the Mass General Cancer Center (10%), Neurology (12%), Radiology (11%), Surgery (5%) and Psychiatry (5%) and many others.

The research community includes more than 9,500 people and covers 1.3M square feet of research space in Boston, Cambridge and Charlestown. We have 2,000 principal investigators and there are 1,500 postdoctoral fellows and 800 graduate students training in research at Mass General at any given time. Over one-third of the 3,000 physicians at Mass General are also conducting research.

To date, more than 124,000 patients have consented to have their blood samples and health histories added to the Mass General Brigham Biobank, so we can learn more about the genetic basis of disease

The Office of the Scientific Director has established the Mass General Research Institute Blog to promote the work of investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Since the inception of the MGH Research Scholars program in 2011, a total of 75 Mass General investigators have received crucial unrestricted funding ($100,000 per year for five years) to support the game-changing ideas that are too early or unproven for traditional forms of funding.

Mass General Outcomes FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19 FY20
Licensing Activity 130 133 198 197 145
Material Transfer Agreements 1067 1360 1374 1537 1256
New Disclosures 365 311 366 355 384
IP Applications 910 1091 1643 1593 1483
Issued Patents 339 359 356 629 484
Royalty and Licensing Outcome $77M $87.7M $94.6M $298M $142.9M