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 2012 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.