The Keck School of Medicine ranked higher than ever before in the annual survey of National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards to medical schools released this month.
The list, which reflects grants funded in 2005, is based on the total dollar amount of all NIH grants to academic medical schools. With 201 grants totaling $136,199, 087, the Keck School moved up to 32nd place in the ranking of more than 120 medical schools nationwide. Keck placed 34th in overall funding in fiscal year 2004.
“This is wonderful news and reflects the continued growth of important medical research on our campus,” said Brian E. Henderson, dean of the Keck School. “It is particularly noteworthy in light of the challenging environment that all researchers face today in attracting NIH funding.”
Although the NIH budget more than doubled between 1995 and 2003. Congress and the White House�faced with a growing deficit�stopped increasing the NIH budget in 2004. This year the NIH had its first budget cut since 1970.
As a result, overall NIH funding has been so depressed, according to The Wall Street Journal, that the chance for a scientist’s work to be funded has fallen to less than 10 percent in some fields.
Henderson noted that the survey also showed that individual Keck School researchers receive a higher grant amount, on average, than researchers at many of the other schools that placed higher overall on the list.