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Aug 19, 2013

The Top 50 NIH-Funded Universities

Which schools earned the most funding this year?

The Top 50 NIH-Funded Universities

Last year’s edition of the NIH list only ranked the top 25 institutions. This year, we’re going up to 50. [© Sergey Nivens - Fotolia.com]

  • Below is a list of 50 universities, including medical schools, ranked by how much in NIH funding they have received during the current 2013 federal fiscal year through August 5 (FY 2013 ends on September 30) and the number of grant awards funded.

    This year’s list has been expanded from last year’s edition of the NIH list, which ranked the top 25 institutions. The expanded list makes evident several observations. One is the dominance of California institutions, driven by the success in winning NIH grants enjoyed by some of the largest schools in the University of California system. In all, six UC schools appear on this year’s list—UC San Francisco, UC San Diego, and UCLA, which all made the top 10; followed further down by UC Davis, UC Irvine, and UC Berkeley. Among the Golden State’s private institutions, Stanford University and University of Southern California (USC) placed in the list’s top half. Second-best state for winning NIH funds is Massachusetts.

    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 (5), followed by Massachusetts (4). Illinois and Texas each have three universities or med schools on the list.

    Research institutes, while receiving millions from NIH, aren’t on top of this list, most likely because they have less need for government funds since they can draw on other resources, whether it be gifts from the foundations that established them, or their own fundraising.

  • #50. Medical College of Wisconsin

    FY 2013: $66,726,825 toward 151 awards

  • #49. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    FY 2013: $68,998,465 toward 169 awards

  • #48. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

    FY 2013: $71,226,991 toward 208 awards

  • #47. Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

    FY 2013: $75,519,781 toward 216 awards

  • #46. Boston University Medical Campus

    FY 2013: $76,324,157 toward 181 awards

  • #45. University of California, Berkeley

    FY 2013: $83,189,712 toward 264 awards

  • #44. University of Miami School of Medicine

    FY 2013: $84,993,556 toward 204 awards

  • #43. University of Virginia

    FY 2013: $89,683,334 toward 247 awards

  • #42. University of California, Irvine

    FY 2013: $91,489,140 toward 249 awards

  • #41. Weill Medical College of Cornell University

    FY 2013: $92,929,650 toward 219 awards

  • #40. Harvard University (School of Public Health)

    FY 2013: $94,149,147 toward 148 awards

  • #39. University of Florida

    FY 2013: $96,685,921 toward 254 awards

  • #38. University of Utah

    FY 2013: $98,449,243 toward 281 awards

  • #37. Ohio State University

    FY 2013: $98,498,884 toward 286 awards

  • #36: University of Illinois

    FY 2013: $100,209,464 toward 247 awards

  • #35. University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester

    FY 2013: $102,941,721 toward 248 awards

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