NIH grants to Pitt totaled $597.8 million in 2020-21, ranking 11th

Pitt received $597.8 million from the National Institutes of Health in 2020-21, which went to 1,193 projects. Overall, the federal agency charged with medical research awarded grants totaling $35.73 billion.

The University ranked 11th in funding and fifth in the number of awards for the year, according to the annual report from the NIH. Johns Hopkins University topped the funding list with $824.5 million, and the University of California, San Francisco, had the most projects awarded at 1,489.

Pitt has been as high as fourth (in 2018) on the NIH funding list. The money awarded by NIH to Pitt and several other entities has continued to increase over the past 10 years. Schools that have overtaken Pitt on the list include the NYU School of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis. Massachusetts General Hospital and Leidos Biomedical Research, which operates the Frederick (Md.) National Laboratory for Cancer Research for the National Cancer Institute, also were in the top 10 for NIH funding.

The University of Pennsylvania led institutions in the state in NIH funding, receiving $641.8 million across 1,315 grants.

— Susan Jones


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