NIH research funding to College of Medicine remains strong and steady

Pipette with purple fluid Funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to The Ohio State University College of Medicine remained steady in 2021. The annual analysis compiled by Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, which includes research and development contracts from the NIH to medical schools in the United States, ranked Ohio State No. 39 overall. From October 2020 to September 2021, Ohio State’s NIH research funding totaled $157,836,175* and, for the first time in recent years (or perhaps ever), six specialties are now ranked in the top 15. 

The NIH — the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world — supports and funds research as well as the training of the next generation of research investigators. This important work leads to saved lives and improved health, and contributes to U.S. global leadership in science and technology.

Since 2006, The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research has monitored NIH funding to medical schools as well as other health science schools and organizations across the country. It generates an annual ranking for these schools and their departments and is considered to be the gold standard for medical school research metrics. These rankings are used throughout the biomedical community to gauge the quality of research taking place and provide analysis of medical research and educational activities.

The Ohio State University is uniquely positioned for collaboration and team science with its 26 clinical and basic science departments and 18 colleges and schools, including the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, across campus. Innovative curriculum, world-class research and unsurpassed patient care come together to make the Ohio State College of Medicine one of the top medical schools in the country.

Carol R. Bradford, MD, MS, FACS, dean of the Ohio State College of Medicine and vice president for Health Sciences at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, says leadership is extremely proud of the continued success of all its specialties, learners, faculty and researchers. 

“It is exciting to see both the number as well as the diversity of programs, emerging as national leaders in research,” says Dr. Bradford.

Peter Mohler, PhD, vice dean for Research at the Ohio State College of Medicine, chief scientific officer for the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, says, “Our impressive Blue Ridge rankings are a strong indication that we are well on our way to be the leaders in making those life-altering biomedical discoveries that will transform care.” 

Here are the Ohio State College of Medicine specialties that Blue Ridge ranks in the top 50:

  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: 2
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: 6
  • Surgery: 6
  • Physiology and Cell Biology: 10
  • Neurosurgery: 11
  • Otolaryngology: 11
  • Family and Community Medicine: 20
  • Anesthesiology: 23
  • Neuroscience: 24
  • Emergency Medicine: 27
  • Ophthalmology and Visual Science: 27
  • Radiology: 29
  • Internal Medicine: 32
  • Cancer Biology and Genetics: 33
  • Microbial Infection and Immunity: 37
  • Psychiatry: 39
  • Pathology: 41
  • Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology: 44
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology: 45
  • Orthopaedics: 45

 *This number does not include Nationwide Children’s Hospital faculty funding or NIH funding to The Ohio State University for NIH subcontracts.

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