School highly ranked for NIH research funding

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By Pareasa Rahimi

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing has again increased its research funding and maintained a spot at the top of the National Institutes of Health funding rankings for U.S. Schools of Nursing, as published by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.

The UAB School of Nursing ranks No. 4 in the nation among public schools of nursing and No. 7 overall with $10.3 million in NIH research funding for fiscal year 2023. The School increased its NIH funding by nearly $1 million from fiscal year 2022. The School has an annual total of $20.5 million in all current research, clinical, education and training grants —up by $2.5 million from fiscal year 2022.

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“These rankings underscore the School’s commitment to our research and scholarship missions that are continually fulfilled through the significant work and focus of UABSON faculty, staff and students and the Office of Research and Scholarship” said Dean and Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair in Nursing Maria R. Shirey, PhD, MBA, MS, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FACHE, FNAP, FAAN. “I am proud of the system we’ve built and invested in that has helped us grow and expand our research base.”

The UAB School of Nursing has ranked among the top 20 nursing schools for NIH funding since 2017 and remains focused on maintaining its funding momentum across all missions.

“Reaching and maintaining this high level of NIH research funding has taken a collective effort across the School and University,” said Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship Marie Bakitas, DNSc, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN. “Our longstanding collaborations with our partners in UAB Medicine, the academic health science center, our community, and our state have stimulated our research and impact especially in promoting health equity in groups that have been historically marginalized.”

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