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Duke University Among Top 10 in Nation for Federal Medical Research Funding

Published February 12, 2020 | Updated February 12, 2020

Trent Semans building, Duke University School of Medicine
Trent Semans building, Duke University School of Medicine


DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University continues its leadership in biomedical research, ranking eighth among the nation’s top medical schools and research institutions for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Duke received $429.4 million in federal funding from the NIH in 2019, according to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. 

Duke was the largest recipient of NIH grant funding in North Carolina for fiscal year 2019. Eight departments and one basic science discipline ranked among the top 10 in country:

•    1st for Pediatrics
•    3rd for Surgery
•    4th for Internal Medicine
•    4th for Neurosurgery
•    5th for Orthopedics
•    7th for Ophthalmology
•    8th for Anesthesiology
•    9th for Psychiatry
•    10th for Genetics

“Biomedical research is crucial for advancing care for our patients and improving the health and well-being of our community locally and globally,” said Mary E. Klotman, M.D., dean of the Duke University School of Medicine. “I am proud of our faculty, staff and students for their dedication to excellence and commitment to innovation, as evidenced by these rankings.”

The NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $39 billion a year to advance research aimed at improving health. 

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