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July 22, 2004

Pitt Ranks No. 7 in NIH Funding

Pitt is No. 7 among educational institutions, and No. 8 overall, in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for fiscal year 2003, according to figures released by the NIH last month.

Pitt garnered 864 awards totaling $348.2 million.

The NIH spent more than 90 percent of its $27.17 billion FY03 budget on grants to support research and development in the United States. That was spread among nearly 2,900 institutions and more than 52,000 grants.

Johns Hopkins University tops the NIH funding list with $556 million. Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), an employee-owned research and engineering firm that provides services related to science and technology applications, was the only non-educational institution to crack the top 10, coming in at No. 5, with $417 million.

Of Pitt’s NIH amount, 92 percent is funding for the Schools of the Health Sciences, according to the Office of Research, Health Sciences.

Following is a breakdown of NIH awards by Health Sciences school with rankings among comparable schools at other higher education institutions.
Dental Medicine ranked 22nd among similar schools with $3,073,674 in NIH grants.

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences was 9th with $1,218,099 in grants.

Medicine was 9th with NIH awards of $258,276,361.

Nursing was 6th among similar schools with  $5,134,090 in grants.

Pitt’s Pharmacy school ranked 10th with $6,564,882.

Public Health was ranked 3rd among similar schools, with NIH grants totaling $47,170,445.

The medical school figures do not include NIH University faculty research grants that are reported through Children’s Hospital , Magee-Womens Hospital and Magee-Womens Health Corp.

-Peter Hart

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