From the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research (BRIMR.ORG)
Ranking Tables of NIH Funding to US Medical Schools in 2020 as compiled by Robert Roskoski Jr. and Tristram G. Parslow

The files for the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Veterinary Medicine do not contain R&D contract data because the NIH Worldwide file does not specify a School (such as the School of Medicine) or a Department. 

The deadline for submitting corrections was 5 February 2021. All data are derived from NIH RePORT. We do not use data from NIH RePORTER unless it is found in NIH RePORT.

The Worldwide file (Table 4) contains a large number of changes that were made in the original NIH download. These changes were made for consistency. To see the nature of these changes, click here. Table 4 is the master file from which all Tables were derived (except Table 11). 

Click on School or PI to download the file in Excel Format.

Basic Science Department Clinical Science Department Clinical Science Department (cont.)
Anatomy/Cell Biology School  PI Anesthesiology School PI  Otolaryngology School PI
Biochemistry School PI Dermatology School PI Pathology School PI
Biomedical Engineering School PI Emergency Medicine School PI Pediatrics School PI
Genetics School PI Family Medicine School PI Physical Medicine School PI
Microbiology School PI Internal Medicine School PI Psychiatry School PI
Neurosciences School PI Neurology School PI Public Health School PI
Pharmacology School PI Neurosurgery School PI Radiology School PI
Physiology School PI Obstetrics and Gynecology School PI  Surgery School PI
Ophthalmology School PI Urology School PI
Orthopedics School PI

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Table 1 Total NIH Awards to all Medical School Departments of a Given Discipline  Table 2 Schools of Medicine Total NIH Awards to each Medical School in 2020 including Percentage of Direct and Indirect Costs Table 3 Medical Schools Only File 10 Mb; the comprehensive file for all US Medical Schools receiving NIH funds


Table 4 Worldwide 19 Mb. This lists all NIH Awards in 2020 including R&D contracts. Every table on this page, except the 2001-2018 rankings, was derived entirely from this file.  Table 5 Medical Schools and Their Depts; this file permits easy comparison of departments within each school. By selecting cells B2 through AV140 and using the sort function, one can generate the rankings for every department including those not posted on this page.  Table 6 List of each Medical School, Dept, PI, and Total Award
Table 7 List of All Institutions Receiving NIH Grants and R&D Contracts, Their Subdivisions, Depts, PIs, and Total Awards Table 8 R&D Comprehensive Contract file Table 9 PI Ranking for R&D Contracts Only
Table 10 Ranking of All Institutions including R&D Contracts. Medical Schools are not usually split out from the parent institution Table 11 Rank of Each School of Medicine from 2001-2020
Table 12  Ranking by State including R&D contracts Table 13  Per Capita Ranking by State including R&D contracts Table 14 Ranking of State Population including R&D contracts
Ranking Tables of NIH funding to Hospitals and Other Health Science Schools for 2020
Schools of Dentistry Hospitals Schools of Veterinary Medicine
Schools of Nursing Schools of Public Health Schools of Pharmacy

Ranking by/Data on

Institution including R&D contracts All Principal Investigators Worldwide including R&D Contracts Department, Medical School, PI
City including R&D contracts Top Ten Awards in Each Category  


     The data in the 2020 Award files was obtained from the Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT) from the National Institutes of Health.  All of The Medical School data on this page was obtained from the Medical Schools Only (Table 3 above) file. The Medical Schools Only file was derived from the Worldwide File (Table 4 above) downloaded from the NIH. The current Worldwide and Medical Schools only file contains more than 750 changes/corrections/modifications.
     Although the NIH does not classify the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) as a Medical School, it has admitted about 50 Medical Students annually since 1972 and BRIMR classifies it as a Medical School. The overall award to Mayo ($234,138,388) used in the School of Medicine rankings was obtained from the NIH Worldwide file. This file (Table 4) was used to calculate the rankings for All Institutions and the other Health Science Schools given above. The NIH files specify a single Principal Investigator (PI) so that a grant to multiple PI's and co-PIs cannot be credited to multiple departments.
     Please report any discrepancies between the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research files and the NIH files to [email protected]. The Award Data correspond to the US Government fiscal year. Awards for 2020 correspond to those granted from 1 October 2019-30 September 2020.


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