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All six basic science departments rank in the top 10 in National Institutes of Health funding for federal fiscal year 2023, including the Department of Genetics, which is ranked 1st among public schools. Eleven clinical departments rank in the top 30.

The UNC School of Medicine ranked 19th in the country in total National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for federal fiscal year 2023 and 6th among peer public universities, according to a new report published by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. The total dollar amount is $343,679,736. This amount does not include research and development contracts with the NIH.

Each basic science department’s ranking is below, including each ranking among public universities in parentheses:

Biochemistry & Biophysics, 5th (4th)

Biomedical Engineering, 8th (4th)

Cell Biology & Physiology, 2nd (2nd)

Genetics, 4th (1st)

Microbiology & Immunology, 8th (4th)

Pharmacology, 7th (4th)

Eleven clinical departments rank in the top 30 for NIH funding. Each department ranking among public schools is in parentheses:

Dermatology, 28th (12th)

Emergency Medicine 15th (7th)

Family Medicine, 12th (10th)

Medicine, 23rd (8th)

Obstetrics & Gynecology, 9th (5th)

Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, 24th (14th)

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, 17th (8th)

Pediatrics, 25th (11th)

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 28th (17th)

Psychiatry, 15th (6th)

Radiology (includes radiation oncology), 25th (12th)

“We are extremely proud of our researchers who are leading crucial investigations across nearly every domain of human health and medicine,” said Blossom Damania, PhD, vice dean for research at the UNC School of Medicine. “NIH funding is one measure of our school’s success. Another measure of success is found in our collaborative efforts across disciplines at the school and throughout UNC-Chapel Hill, which would be impossible without our dedicated faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and staff, all working toward a better understanding of human health and disease each day.”

The total amount of research funding to the school, including from the NIH, stands at more than half a billion dollars and accounts for more than half of the research funding to UNC-Chapel Hill.

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is ranked 4th in total NIH funding, 1st among public universities. The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is ranked 2nd behind UC-San Francisco.

Media contact: Mark Derewicz