Alex Philippidis Senior News Editor Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Just like last year, California tops the list with eight schools receiving substantial funding.

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.


#50. Medical University of South Carolina

FY 2014: $73,771,694 toward 219 awards


#49. University of California, Irvine

FY 2014: $75,710,889 toward 213 awards


#48. University of Miami School of Medicine

FY 2014: $80,084,783 toward 195 awards


#47. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

FY 2014: $83,341,091 toward 205 awards


#46. Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

FY 2014: $85,675,044 toward 228 awards


#45. University of Illinois at Chicago

FY 2014: $86,233,811 toward 229 awards


#44. University of California, Berkeley

FY 2014: $87,275,499 toward 264 awards


#43. Boston University Medical Campus

FY 2014: $90,185,978 toward 185 awards


#42. University of Virginia

FY 2014: $93,702,162 toward 239 awards


#41. University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester

FY 2014: $94,030,179 toward 240 awards


#40. University of Florida

FY 2014: $98,425,894 toward 244 awards


#39. Weill Medical College of Cornell University

FY 2014: $101,013,488 toward 228 awards


#38. Ohio State University

FY 2014: $102,339,453 toward 263 awards


#37. Harvard School of Public Health

FY 2014: $104,661,511 toward 140 awards


#36. University of Utah

FY 2014: $106,691,724 toward 287 awards 


#35. University of Maryland, Baltimore

FY 2014: $112,004,816 toward 266 awards


#34. University of Rochester

FY 2014: $117,458,535 toward 292 awards


#33. Case Western Reserve University

FY 2014: $118,733,691 toward 261 awards


#32. University of Iowa

FY 2014: $120,013,485 toward 278 awards


#31. Albert Einstein College of Medicine

FY 2014: $121,990,087 toward 256 awards


#30. University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center

FY 2014: $123,005,874 toward 334 awards


#29. Harvard Medical School

FY 2014: $124,447,948 toward 288 awards


#28. University of Chicago

FY 2014: $132,051,471 toward 329 awards


#27. University of Southern California

FY 2014: $134,163,581 toward 295 awards


#26. University of Colorado, Denver

FY 2014: $139,123,959 toward 388 awards


#25. Northwestern University at Chicago

FY 2014: $141,273,866 toward 361 awards


#24. Baylor College of Medicine

FY 2014: $142,154,019 toward 312 awards


#23. University of California, Davis

FY 2014: $147,093,096 toward 324 awards


#22. Oregon Health and Science University

FY 2014: $156,798,217 toward 362 awards


#21. University of Alabama at Birmingham

FY 2014: $161,193,461 toward 340 awards


#20. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

FY 2014: $170,147,811 toward 360 awards


#19. University of Minnesota

FY 2014: $203,127,263 toward 444 awards


#18. New York University School of Medicine

FY 2014: $204,747,095 toward 351 awards


#17. University of Wisconsin-Madison

FY 2014: $215,637,227 toward 498 awards


#16. Emory University

FY 2014: $218,359,923 toward 506 awards


#15. Vanderbilt University

FY 2014: $220,452,593 toward 602 awards


#14. Columbia University Health Sciences

FY 2014: $234,310,957 toward 580 awards


#13. University of California, Los Angeles

FY 2014: $261,166,392 toward 625 awards


#12. Yale University

FY 2014: $262,859,956 toward 669 awards



Source: NIH Awards by Location and Organization, database contained within NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) website, Fiscal Year 2014, last updated by NIH on August 11 and accessed by GEN on August 12.  

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