IU Med School raises $135M in NIH funding for 2017, setting record

Scientists and physicians at Indiana University School of Medicine have set a new school record for winning research funding from the National Institutes of Health, raising more than $135 million in 2017.

The Indianapolis-based medical school said the funding amount puts IU into the top 33 NIH-funded medical schools in the nation.

The amount represents a 13 percent increase over 2016 and a 40 percent increase in NIH funding over the past four years.

Dr. Jay Hess, dean of the medical school, attributed the increase to faculty.

“Through focusing our efforts in key areas of neuroscience, cancer, diabetes, child health and others, thinking creatively and working collaboratively, our faculty is growing our research in areas of critical need,” he said in a statement.

The school has also set up several programs to help researchers submit better proposals, including a mentoring program for junior faculty members.

The NIH-funded research includes $7.6 million to study early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, $5.2 million to fund a clinical and translational sciences institute, and $4.8 million to fund epidemiologic databases to evaluate AIDS care in Africa.

The school announced the funding record on Jan. 25. See a list of the top 10 projects here.

In total, the school brought in over $316 million in research funding from all sources in calendar year 2017. It is the largest medical school in the nation.

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