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​Ohio State health sciences excel in new rankings of NIH funding

New rankings of National Institutes of Health funding show The Ohio State University researchers are making gains on grants in a highly competitive national environment.

In Fiscal Year 2017, the College of Medicine received over 250 NIH awards for funding well over $100 million from the NIH, with five departments in the college ranked in the top 20 nationwide.

“One of the goals of our new strategic plan is to pioneer life-altering biomedical discoveries and their translation into breakthrough health care solutions. Our research teams truly had a remarkable year,” said College of Medicine Dean K. Craig Kent.

The Department of Emergency Medicine ranked 10th in the nation, with more than $1.1 million in grant funding. The department was ranked 17th for the same period in 2016.

The Department of Otolaryngology ranked 16th, up one spot from 2016, with more than $2.1 million in grants. The Department of Surgery ranked 18th, receiving more than $6.2 million in funding.

The Department of Physiology and Cell Biology moved up more than 20 spots to rank 19th with nearly $7.8 million in funding, and the Department of Neurosciences was ranked 20th, also securing just under $7.8 million in awards.

Kent pointed out that the university’s NIH funding was up 9.8 percent overall last year — with a 20 percent increase at the College of Medicine – even though, nationally, the total NIH budget has remained flat. Additionally, 19 faculty members received their first NIH R01 research project grants in FY 17. In a typical year, that number is four or five.

School rankings are compiled by the independent Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research based on the most current NIH data.

Ohio State’s health sciences colleges showed success as well: Veterinary Medicine ranked 13th in the country and the College of Nursing advanced 10 spots to 20th and according to Blue Ridge. Pharmacy is ranked 10th in the nation, according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.