NIH research funding: Once again, M&I ranks 4th among peer departments nationwide

Each year, NIH funding to U.S. medical schools is made public, including a department-by-department breakdown of the award data. The grant analysis for 2015 has just been released, and UNC’s Department of Microbiology & Immunology ranks 4th among its 98 peer departments around the country – for the second year in a row.

Just five years ago, M&I was ranked 18th among all microbiology/immunology departments. Our FY2015 NIH funding level ($22.2 million) represents a doubling of the Department’s NIH grant income in the last 10 years.

The new data make the Department of Microbiology & Immunology among the most highly funded of the basic science departments at UNC’s School of Medicine. The other basic science departments are Cell Biology & Physiology (ranked #1 among its peer departments nationally), Pharmacology (#4), Genetics (#5), and Biochemistry & Biophysics (#8). In 2015, no other medical school in the U.S. has all five of those departments ranked in the top 10.

You can read the full report for FY2015 (and earlier years) at