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Record Research Activity Drives Sponsored Funding Above $190 Million Annually

Research Activity Drives

The University of Illinois College of Medicine received $190.4 million in research, instructional, and other sponsored program funding during the 2021 fiscal year, a 9.5% increase over fiscal year 2020. College of Medicine awards represented more than 42% of University of Illinois Chicago’s total sponsored funding in fiscal year 2021.

Federal awards account for $169.7 million, or 89.1%, of the College of Medicine funding, with the National Institutes of Health providing the largest amount of funding. Non-federal sponsors include the State of Illinois at 2.1% and private sponsors at 7.5% of the total funding. Projects related to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic accounted for $33.6 million of the total funding.

The basic science departments in Chicago collectively were awarded $42.9 million, led by $14.5 million in Pharmacology and Regenerative Medicine and $9.0 million in Anatomy & Cell Biology. Other leading departments included the Chicago Departments of Medicine at $71.8 million, Psychiatry at $18.0 million, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at $12.2 million, and Emergency Medicine at $8.8 million, and the Peoria Department of Medicine at $5.3 million.

“I congratulate our dedicated faculty, staff, and students who have developed and carried out sponsored projects to further our mission to advance health through outstanding research, education, clinical care, and social responsibility,” said College of Medicine Executive Dean Mark Rosenblatt, MD, PhD, MBA, MHA. “It is their hard work which has supported this substantial growth in research funding in our College.”

“Our faculty are continuing to innovate through cross-disciplinary research within the College of Medicine and across UIC, leading to new breakthroughs made possible by faculty trained in a variety of overlapping disciplines” said Interim Senior Associate Dean for Research Bellur Prabhakar, MSc, PhD.

For information on sponsored program funding throughout the University of Illinois Chicago, including many areas that work in collaboration with the College of Medicine, please see