The great American political divide shows no sign of ending as the United States lurches toward the 2020 presidential election. However, one of the few areas where the parties have joined together in recent years has been where NIH funding is concerned.
Days after President Donald Trump proposed a 12% cut in NIH funding, to $34.368 billion, as part of his proposed $4.75 trillion budget for the 2020 federal fiscal year, leaders in Congress—on both sides of the proverbial aisle—made it clear they wouldn’t go along.
“I am going to work as hard as I can,” House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey (D-NY) promised April 2 at a budget hearing, “to give you as much money as we can, because you have the brilliance, you have the commitment, and you have the determination. All you need is more money.” Lowey’s Committee backed up those words on May 8 by approving a spending bill for the Labor-HHS-Education portion of the federal budget that would raise NIH spending by 5.12% year-over-year, to $41.084 billion—though the panel voted along party lines, 30-23.
Senate Appropriations Chair Richard Shelby (R-AL) reassured NIH officials at an April 11 hearing of his committee: “I’m not interested in cutting your budget. I’m interested in increasing it.” The panel has yet to vote on its version of a spending bill, though last year it too voted for a significant increase before both chambers of Congress agreed to hike FY 2019 NIH spending 5.6%, to $39.084 billion—about $2 billion over the previous fiscal year and 12% above Trump’s initial $34.8 billion proposal.
A similar outcome this year would be welcome news for the NIH and advocates of increased research funding. As NIH disclosed on its website in March, about 83% of the agency’s budget supports extramural research. In FY2018, NIH issued 47,000 competing and non-competing research project grant (RPG) awards totaling about $26 billion. NIH extramural dollars supported research conducted at more than 2,700 organizations—including universities, medical schools, and other research institutions in every U.S. state and worldwide.
About 10% of the NIH’s budget supports projects conducted by nearly 6,000 scientists in its own laboratories, most of which are on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.
Below is a list of 50 universities (including medical schools), research institutions, and teaching hospitals ranked by how much in NIH funding they have received during the current 2019 federal fiscal year, through May 27. FY 2019 ends on September 30. Also included for each NIH grant recipient is the number of grant awards funded in FY 2019, which was not a factor in the ranking.
This year’s Top 50 List nearly parallels GEN’s Top 10 U.S. Biopharma Clusters A-List (published in September 2018 and set to be updated later this year) when it comes to state-by-state funding trends.
Among the 25 states with at least one institution among the top 50 listed here, California leads the nation with seven institutions receiving NIH grant funding. Next-highest are Massachusetts and New York, with six NIH-funded institutions. These three states combined accounted for more than one-third (19) of the top 50 NIH-funded institutions in the current 2019 federal fiscal year.
Those states were followed by Ohio with three institutions, then seven states with two institutions each (Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington state). Another 14 states have a single NIH-funded institution among the top 50 listed here.
Worth watching are institutions that ranked 55 through 51—a group that includes top-tier research venues: University of Rochester (NY), Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (which made last year’s Top 50 A-List and was Indiana’s sole institution on that list), Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and University of Florida, which just missed the top 50 with $64,782,221 through 171 awards.
Top 50 NIH-Funded Institutions of 2019
|Rank||Organization Name||Funding & Awards|
|50||Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center||$68,153,842 through 145 awards|
|49||University of Arizona||$68,325,243 through 132 awards|
|48||Weill Cornell Medical College||$68,647,732 through 174 awards|
|47||Scripps Research Institute||$68,718,571 through 126 awards|
|46||Dana-Farber Cancer Institute||$69,118,749 through 112 awards|
|45||University of Kentucky||$71,365,353 through 125 awards|
|44||University of Maryland Baltimore||$71,679,721 through 169 awards|
|43||Case Western Reserve University||$72,008,782 through 152 awards|
|42||University of Iowa||$72,216,903 through 172 awards|
|41||Albert Einstein College of Medicine||$75,852,716 through 154 awards|
|40||University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School||$76,296,017 through 167 awards|
|39||Boston Children’s Hospital||$77,341,445 through 153 awards|
|38||University of Virginia||$79,129,698 through 182 awards|
|37||Harvard Medical School||$79,798,644 through 152 awards|
|36||University of Utah||$80,799,552 through 221 awards|
|35||Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center||$81,806,138 through 128 awards|
|34||Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN)||$82,469,749 through 170 awards|
|33||University of Chicago||$86,643,822 through 176 awards|
|32||Oregon Health & Science University||$88,379,627 through 205 awards|
|31||University of California at Davis||$88,386,225 through 193 awards|
|30||UT Southwestern Medical Center||$88,690,841 through 201 awards|
|29||Baylor College of Medicine||$98,734,167 through 211 awards|
|28||Northwestern University at Chicago||$103,295,087 through 231 awards|
|27||The Ohio State University||$104,096,428 through 197 awards|
|26||University of Colorado (CU) Denver||$106,146,995 through 272 awards|
|25||New York University School of Medicine||$107,607,857 through 219 awards|
|24||Vanderbilt University Medical Center||$113,933,081 through 218 awards|
|23||University of Wisconsin-Madison||$120,726,862 through 258 awards|
|22||University of Minnesota||$125,009,581 through 277 awards|
|21||University of Southern California||$125,311,790 through 213 awards|
|20||University of Alabama at Birmingham||$126,228,415 through 245 awards|
|19||Emory University||$128,495,484 through 283 awards|
|18||Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai||$135,797,036 through 251 awards|
|17||Brigham and Women’s Hospital||$140,799,840 through 249 awards|
|16||Duke University||$163,511,427 through 356 awards|
|15||Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center||$171,141,467 through 115 awards|
|14||The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||$175,180,528 through 370 awards|
|13||Yale University||$176,728,702 through 402 awards|
|12||Columbia University Health Sciences||$179,197,022 through 353 awards|
|11||University of Washington||$186,937,981 through 401 awards|
|10||University of California, Los Angeles||$199,126,374 through 368 awards|
|9||Massachusetts General Hospital||$203,238,495 through 418 awards|
|8||University of California, San Diego||$205,555,870 through 408 awards|
|7||Stanford University||$211,147,696 through 446 awards|
|6||University of California, San Francisco||$214,044,107 through 469 awards|
|5||University of Pennsylvania||$216,872,693 through 493 awards|
|4||University of Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh||$217,747,049 through 472 awards|
|3||Washington University in St. Louis||$218,788,095 through 439 awards|
|2||University of Michigan at Ann Arbor||$249,694,263 through 534 awards|
|1||Johns Hopkins University||$293,345,595 through 565 awards|