The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invests nearly $30.1 billion annually in medical research. More than 80% of the funding is awarded through almost 50,000 competitive grants to more than 2,500 universities, medical schools, and other research institutions in every state and around the world. Below is a list of 50 universities, including medical schools, ranked by how much in NIH funding they have received during the current 2014 federal fiscal year, through August 11. FY 2014 ends on September 30. Also included for each school is the number of grant awards funded in FY 2014, which was not a factor in the ranking.
One thing that hasn’t changed from last year is that California is the state with the largest number of schools on this list (eight)—of which six are schools within the University of California system. The list does not include research institutes or institutions primarily known for being teaching/research hospitals or clinical care centers that are not denoted by name as being part of university systems. As a result, the next largest concentration of ranked institutions on this list—NIH top funded universities and medical schools—can be found in New York (six), followed by Massachusetts (four), Illinois, and Texas (three each). It can be said, therefore, that five states account for almost half of the 50 top NIH-funded schools in the nation.
However, when ranked by state and including all recipients of NIH grant funding, including research institutes and teaching hospitals, Massachusetts finished second to California, with New York close behind in third through August 11.