UR Nursing Cracks Top 25 in NIH Funding Rankings

The University of Rochester School of Nursing climbed 10 spots to No. 25 in the annual rankings of research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

UR Nursing received more than $1.6 million in funding from the NIH in the 2015 fiscal year, earning a spot in the top 25 among U.S. nursing schools for the seventh time in the past 10 years. The school also ranked No. 8 in funding among private colleges and universities, according to NIH data compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.

The NIH is the largest public funding source for biomedical research in the world, investing more than $30 billion to enhance health, increase life spans and reduce illness and disability. The process for securing funding is extremely competitive, and awards are often associated with projects with the potential for major scientific breakthroughs.

UR Nursing received funding for four NIH grants during the 2015 fiscal year, running Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015. The awards covered research into:

  • Teen and adolescent asthma self-management,
  • HIV PrEP implementation among serodiscordant couples,
  • Vision-based speed of processing cognitive training in older adults with mild cognitive impairment

“UR Nursing researchers are breaking new ground every day, and our discoveries have real-world implications that reach far beyond our campus borders,” said Dean Kathy Rideout. “I’m extremely pleased and grateful that the NIH continues to recognize the outstanding work done by our research faculty and staff.”