Largest Awards Doled Out
In FY 2011, as in the previous fiscal year, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) was awarded the largest amount of NIH funding: $637.552 million. That is 4% more than the $610.467 million it won in FY 2010. The number of grant awards also rose during the period to 1,258 from 1,223.
Coming in second in FY ’11 was the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) with $527.611 million. It showed the largest gain among the top-five universities, jumping nearly 11% from $475.4 million. UCSF’s number of grant awards rose year-over-year to 1,052 from 1,020.
Third place was held by the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (U-M) even though its total NIH grant awards dipped 1.1%, from almost $470.518 million in FY 2010 to just under $465.17 million. The dip in grant funding came despite a slight increase in total number of grants awarded, from 1,052 to 1,062.
Fourth place among NIH-funded organizations in FY 2011 was the University of Pennsylvania, which received about $463.485 million. It dropped 3.75% from nearly $481.56 million the previous fiscal year. The number of awards dipped as well to 1,079 from 1,121 in FY 2010.
Finishing fifth was the University of Washington (UW), which won $447.29 million in NIH grants during FY 2011, down 5.6% from $474.042 million. The number of grants likewise decreased to 937 from 955 a year earlier.
NIH generally gives annual authorization for funding on multiyear awards, and frequently awards will have funds carried over from one year to the next. During FY 2011, a major portion of funds would have been reimbursed on previous FY awards, Lynne U. Chronister, assistant vice provost for research and director of sponsored programs at the University of Washington, told GEN. “Due in large part to ARRA funding in 2010, the 2011 report on expenditures were higher than the 2011 awards.”
For example, NIH expenditures recorded for 2011 were $538.7 million. This included $177.7 million for salaries and wages, $8.6 million for scholarships and stipends, $19.4 million for equipment, and about $115 million for subcontracts, which reflect extensive partnering with other research entities.