March 16, 2021

School of Medicine tops $269 million in NIH funding for 2020

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NIH resizeLast year, UAB received over $325 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Of that, $269,911,974 went to the School of Medicine. 

As a part of the school’s strategic plan for excellence, faculty, research scientists, and trainees seek new discoveries for disease and patient care year after year. Plus, administrative staff in the school support these advancements in medicine and science with regulatory and administrative work required for research funding.

Remarkable advancements to translate scientific findings from the bench to the bedside are consistently being made within the school, and NIH funding helps propel new discoveries.

Five departments ranked in the top 10 in NIH research funding for 2020. Click on any department to read a brief about each one’s success over the past year:

2nd: Department of Dermatology ($8.2 million)

6th: Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology ($17 million)

7th: Department of Biomedical Engineering ($4.7 million)

8th: Department of Microbiology ($21.3 million)

10th: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology ($6.4 million)

NIH 2Seven other departments in the School of Medicine ranked in the top 20 for research funding, including the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in 12th place ($8.3 million).

The Department of Pediatrics ($21.5 million) and the Department of Urology ($1.7 million), both ranked in 14th place.

The Department of Neurology ranked in 16th place ($18.6 million), while the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine ranked 19th place ($4.6 million).

The Department of Neurosurgery ($2.6 million) and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (over $500,000) both ranked 20th place.

2020 marks the second year in a row that UAB received over $300 million. It was an increase of more than $13 million over research funding for 2019. During a time of crisis due the COVID-19 pandemic, these research dollars impact UAB, the Birmingham community, and the world.