UCSF Tops Public Universities in NIH Research Funding in 2023

By Levi Gadye

UC San Francisco received the most funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of any public university in 2023, driving one of the most diverse portfolios of scientific research in the nation.

It is the 17th year in a row that UCSF has earned this distinction among public institutions.

A postdoctoral student named Oscar Campos wears a lab coat as he conducts scientific research in a lab.
Postdoctoral scholar Oscar Campos, PhD, works in the Lim Lab at UCSF. Photo by Noah Berger

“Support from the NIH enables our researchers to test their boldest ideas for advancing science, medicine and health, and it is vital for training the next generation of innovators,” said UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS. “This is a testament to our impact from bench to bedside: from the fundamentals of biology to neurodegeneration, cancer and infectious disease.”

UCSF’s total funding of $789,196,651 ranked second among all public and private U.S. universities, after Johns Hopkins University. Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., which administers research contracts for the National Cancer Institute’s Frederick National Laboratory, was the largest recipient overall, receiving $866 million.

The funds are spread across 1,484 grants to trainees, research staff and faculty in the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Nursing, as well as the Graduate Division. They support a wide array of research, from basic and translational sciences to social and population health, as well as education.

UCSF’s Schools of Dentistry, Medicine and Pharmacy were first among their national peers, and the School of Nursing was first among public nursing schools and third overall.

The School of Medicine received $700 million in funding. The School of Pharmacy, the top school in its field for 44 years, received $37 million. The School of Dentistry received $27 million. And the School of Nursing received $19 million.

These public research funds lay a foundation for a healthier future for everyone.”

Catherine Lucey, MD

The Graduate Division received more than $32 million in training grants, the largest amount given to a public institution, and the third highest overall. These funds support the division’s 20 science and social science doctoral programs, 13 science and health master’s programs, two professional doctorates, and over 1,000 post-doctoral scholars.

Combined with UCSF’s Discovery Fellows Program, these NIH grants ensure that all first- and second-year basic and biomedical science PhD students at UCSF receive full financial support.

“These public research funds lay a foundation for a healthier future for everyone,” said Catherine Lucey, MD, executive vice chancellor and provost at UCSF. “NIH funding bolsters everything from the discoveries occurring right now in UCSF laboratories to educational programs for our trainees who will face tomorrow’s biomedical challenges.”

UCSF’s NIH Funding by Year, 1992-2023

Total Funding in Dollars
1992: 191581193
1993: 186409720
1994: 196821578
1995: 199995210
1996: 212689594
1997: 212421310
1998: 227480693
1999: 257221330
2000: 293684003
2001: 314331458
2002: 337237096
2003: 420731695
2004: 438778831
2005: 452165301
2006: 434287257
2007: 444503415
2008: 510735527
2009: 486925303
2010: 488374355
2011: 532762757
2012: 521257234
2013: 517141053
2014: 546593187
2015: 563320692
2016: 577576919
2017: 593909890
2018: 647880065
2019: 684912356
2020: 685608202
2021: 709018244
2022: 823760533
2023: 789196651

Top NIH Funding Recipients, 2023

1. Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.: $866,144,063
2. Johns Hopkins University: $842,956,584
3. UC San Francisco $789,196,651
4. University of Pennsylvania: $703,217,343
5. Duke University: $701,940,461
6. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor: $698,264,076
7. Massachusetts General Hospital: $675,290,582
8. University of Pittsburgh: $658,312,303
9. Washington University St. Louis: $633,343,121
10. Columbia University Health Sciences: $633,309,114


Top NIH Funding by Area or Researcher, 2023

Graduate Division Training Grants

1. Johns Hopkins University: $35,324,467
2. University of Pennsylvania: $34,028,162
3. UC San Francisco: $32,034,007
4. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor: $26,922,597
5. University of Washington: $25,617,743

School of Dentistry

1. UC San Francisco: $26,814,987
2. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor: $20,376,426
3. New York University: $19,945,857
4. University of Pennsylvania: $16,875,855
5. University of Southern California: $16,516,758

School of Medicine

1. UC San Francisco: $700,332,710
2. Washington University St. Louis: $583,581,216
3. University of Pennsylvania: $579,807,450
4. Yale University: $571,450,883
5. Johns Hopkins University: $568,570,553

School of Nursing

1. Columbia University Health Sciences: $23,893,658
2. University of Pennsylvania: $19,333,967
3. UC San Francisco: $19,160,722
4. Florida State University: $18,702,370
5. Emory University: $14,004,794

School of Pharmacy

1. UC San Francisco: $36,769,061
2. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: $29,496,737
3. University of Florida: $21,465,293
4. University of Arizona: $19,052,657
5. University of New Mexico Health Sciences: $17,054,137

Top UCSF NIh recipients: principal investigators and centers

Adam Boxer, MD, PhD, Memory and Aging Center, $30.9 million
2. Nevan Krogan, PhD, QBI, $11.6 million
3. Harold Collard, MD, MS, CTSI, $8.5 million
4. Alan Ashworth, PhD, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, $8.4 million
5. Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini, MD, PhD, Memory and Aging Center, $7.5 million

Source: Annual school rankings of NIH funding are based on the most current government data as compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.