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Nursing: Second Place in Rankings for Most NIH Funding
February 17, 2009, Volume 55, No. 22

Although it is one of the smaller of the top-ranked schools of nursing, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing rose to second place among all the schools receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health. The School received $7.7 million compared to nearly $9 million for top-ranked University of California San Francisco (UCSF) for the 2008 fiscal year. 

More importantly, the amount of funding going to support Penn’s researchers increased by 12 percent over the previous year while UCSF decreased by 35 percent and formerly second place University of Washington decreased by 28 percent.

“Our research program advancing nursing science is strong and growing despite increasing challenges in evidence-based quality care through developing and testing models of care,” said Dr. Afaf I. Meleis, the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing. “Advancing knowledge to support the evidence for quality care and for decreasing disparities in healthcare requires support through federal funding. Therefore, we are gratified that our faculty are highly competitive.”

Penn is currently conducting major studies in the areas of transitional care from hospital to home, sleep research, effects of fatigue, prevalence of autism, nursing workforce issues, and managing children with critical illnesses.


Almanac - February 17, 2009, Volume 55, No. 22