'Have-Nots' Seek More Funds From the NIH

Most of the agency's money goes to a few states with top universities

The National Institutes of Health is flush with cash these days, as a five-year effort to double its budget nears its end. But the buildup has not changed a fact that has long irked scientists: The agency's grants go disproportionately to a handful of states that are home to some of the nation's largest and most prestigious research universities.

Last year, nearly a third of all NIH grant money went to researchers in just three states -- California, New York, and Pennsylvania.