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All six basic science departments rank in the top 10 in National Institutes of Health funding for federal fiscal year 2022, according to a new report by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, and 11 clinical departments rank in the top 30. The UNC Department of Genetics is ranked first among peer public schools of medicine.

The UNC School of Medicine ranked 19th in the country in total National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for federal fiscal year 2022 and 6th among peer public universities, according to a new report published by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. The total dollar amount is $358,658,406, about $11 million more than FY 2021. This amount does not include research and development contracts with the NIH.

The UNC School of Medicine has increased its NIH funding each year since 2015. The total amount of research funding to the school, including from the NIH, stands at more than half a billion dollars and accounts for more than half of the research funding to UNC-Chapel Hill.

Below is each department’s ranking, including among public universities in parentheses:

Biochemistry & Biophysics, 8th (4th)

Biomedical Engineering, 8th (4th)

Cell Biology & Physiology, 3rd (2nd)

Genetics, 3rd (1st)

Microbiology & Immunology, 6th (3rd)

Pharmacology, 6th (5th)

Eleven clinical departments rank in the top 30 for NIH funding. The rank among public schools of medicine is in parentheses:

Dermatology, 26th (10th)

Emergency Medicine 9th (4th)

Family Medicine, 6th (5th)

Medicine, 17th (5th)

Obstetrics & Gynecology, 6th (4th)

Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, 22nd (12th)

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, 20th (9th)

Pediatrics, 22nd (11th)

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 18th (10th)

Psychiatry, 17th (7th)

Radiology (includes radiation oncology), 19th (8th)

“We know these numbers tell only part of our research story at the UNC School of Medicine,” said Blossom Damania, PhD, vice dean for research at the UNC School of Medicine. “What’s more important is to recognize that, each day, our faculty, students, postdocs and staff passionately dedicate themselves to push forward our understanding of biomedical science for the betterment of the people of North Carolina and beyond.”

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is ranked 3rd in total NIH funding, 1st among public universities. The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is ranked 2nd behind UC-San Francisco. The UNC School of Nursing is ranked 19th, 10th among public schools.

This article originally appeared in the UNC Newsroom.