In a world of competing top-25 football polls, US News and World Report rankings of seemingly everything and endless Internet lists like “Top 10 Alternative Uses for Eppendorf Tubes,” you wouldn’t think we’d be excited about another ranking.
But we are.
This fall, when we tallied up our National Institutes of Health awards for federal fiscal year 2014 and compared them with our peers, the news was good.
First, our faculty brought in upwards of $109 million in fiscal year 2014, more than $12 million more than the year before.
Second, in terms of total NIH grant dollars, our rank among all schools of medicine rose from 41st to 37th, and among publicly supported schools our rank rose from 19th to 16th. Not only were these substantial changes, but the highest we’ve been for some time.
As you know, we’ve been implementing some initiatives to boost our success rates with NIH grants, such as the peer review and mentoring committees and their counterparts at CTSI, the cancer center and the Wells Center. We’ve used the investments in the School from the Lilly Endowment for the Physician Scientist Initiative and IU Health for the Strategic Research Initiative to bring in some talented new faculty.
But in the main these results come from a group of talented and persistent researchers who have worked hard in times of very tight money to produce excellent research proposals that get funded.
We’re not calculating rankings for the sake of rankings, but these changes send powerful messages about the quality of the School, especially at a time when we’re out recruiting for several important positions.
So congratulations, and take a moment to bask in the knowledge of hard work well done. Okay, enough of that. We’ve all got to get back to work now.