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Duke Schools of Medicine and Nursing Rank in Top 5 for NIH Research Funding


Sarah Avery
Sarah Avery
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DURHAM, N.C. – The medical and nursing schools at Duke University both rank in the top five nationally for research funding received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. 

Duke University School of Medicine was awarded more than $608 million in federal funding from the NIH in 2021, ranking third nationally among academic medical centers, up from 10th last year.

“The amount of research funding awarded to Duke scientists by the NIH is a key measure of excellence across all of our missions,” said Mary E. Klotman, M.D., dean of Duke University School of Medicine. “These rankings reflect the hard work, dedication and innovation of our outstanding faculty and research staff, and their commitment and contributions to scientific discovery and advancing care for our patients.”

The Blue Ridge ranking -- an annual, independent analysis of NIH research funds to colleges and universities -- places Duke University School of Nursing at fifth in the nation, up from 8th last year, garnering $8.5 million from the NIH.  

“Duke School of Nursing’s growth in research funding reflects the dedication of our faculty and their commitment to improving the health of real people, families, and communities,” said Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Ph.D., dean of Duke University School of Nursing and vice chancellor of nursing affairs at Duke University. “They are shaping innovative health interventions and solutions; developing and testing technology that improves health outcomes; and designing nurse-led models of health care that truly are the future of nursing.”

At the medical school, two basic science departments and eight clinical science departments were ranked among the top 10 in the country:

  • #1 for Pediatrics
  • #1 for Surgery
  • #2 for Orthopedics
  • #5 for Neurosurgery
  • #6 for Internal Medicine
  • #8 for Anesthesiology
  • #9 for Genetics
  • #9 for Otolaryngology
  • #10 for Pharmacology
  • #10 for Ophthalmology

The NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $41 billion a year to advance research aimed at improving health. 


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