According to the 2012 survey of The Best Places to Work for Postdocs conducted by The Scientist, UAB was 1st among all public universities nationwide and 16th among all universities surveyed.
According to the Higher Education R&D (HERD) Survey conducted annually by the National Science Foundation, for 2010 UAB ranked 32nd in federally financed R&D expenditures and 36th in total R&D expenditures of all universities (>730) reporting data; among public institutions, UAB ranked 15th in federally financed R&D expenditures and 22nd in total R&D expenditures. This survey is the primary source of information on research and development expenditures at higher education institutions in the United States and outlying areas.
According to data available in the NIH RePORTER (accessed 4/13/2012), with a total of 32 awards UAB ranks #10 among all NIH-funded institutions in the total number of active Center grants (P20, P30, P40, P50, P51, P60 PL1, PN2, U41, U48, U54, and UL1). For specific Center grant types, UAB ranks #1 in P30's, #11 in U54's, and is one of only five institutions to have more than one P60 award (Johns Hopkins University, University of Michigan, Washington University, and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill being the others).
UAB was ranked among the top 25 American research universities in the Top American Research Universities 2010 Annual Report compiled by The Center for Measuring University Performance, which evaluates data based on research funding, private support, faculty awards, faculty membership in National Academies, and doctoral and postdoctoral advanced training.
UAB was ranked #52 worldwide in the field of Life Sciences and #94 overall among 500 worldwide universities as reported in the 2011 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. This ranking system is based on a university's overall performance in research productivity, research impact, and research excellence.
In 2011, UAB was ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities in Life and Agriculture Sciences. UAB was also in the top 200 of all worldwide universities evaluated in the 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities. This ranking system uses objective indicators, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Scientific, number of articles published in Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation.