School of Nursing Jumps to 13th in the Nation in NIH Funding

Rise From 23rd Last Year Is Fueled by New Research Plan

June 22, 2004

The University of Rochester School of Nursing has made a dramatic rise in the total value of grants and fellowships it received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Based on rankings just released by the NIH for its fiscal year 2003, the School of Nursing has risen from 23rd in the nation last year to 13th.

The annual rankings combine research grants, training grants and fellowships.

“That combination is especially important for students because it creates opportunities to take part in the latest scientific advances and apply those advances to nursing care,” says Patricia Chiverton, dean of the School of Nursing. “Ultimately, that means nurses can apply the most up-to-date, innovative methods of care to patients in our community.”

The School embarked on an aggressive research strategic plan in 1999, bolstering its research infrastructure and resources and emphasizing strong mentoring from its senior faculty. Since the start of that plan, funding received for research and training has increased 500%.

The School of Nursing houses several research centers, including the Center for Clinical Research on Aging, Center for High-Risk Children and Youth, Center for Clinical Trials and Medical Device Evaluation, Center for Research and Evidence-Based Practice, and Advancing Research and Clinical Practice Through Close Collaboration (ARCC).

In October, the School will break ground on a new, 19,500-square-foot education wing and the new Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship, which among other things will help researchers develop their inventions and market them.

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