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Thursday, April 8, 2010

U.C. San Francisco Rolling in Metric Shitload of Federal Funds

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 6:30 AM

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Money may not buy you love -- but it sure as hell can fund research into preventing and curing diseases associated with love. And that works fine for U.C. San Francisco, which came near the top of the class on recently released figures by the National Institutes of Health ranking which medical institutions receive the most federal moolah.

In fiscal 2009, the NIH sent $463,287,103 UCSF's way -- yes, that'd be around $1.3 million a day -- with more than $441 million of that for research grants. The biggest winner at UCSF: Internal Medicine, at $153,989,540, easily outpacing in-house runner-up Neurology ($38,851,146).

While $463 million and change will buy a few microscopes, it's actually far less than UCSF received in 2008: $510,735,527.

UCSF reeled in between $434 million and $452 million between 2005 and 2007, by the way.

So, this brings up a counter-intuitive question: Is this a lot of money? Yes, even in this game, it is. Only one other institution amassed more NIH money -- though it got a lot more: Johns Hopkins tallied $603.4 million.

How much did the NIH give out to medical institutions all-told in fiscal '09? After downloading all the spreadsheets (which are way too damn big to upload here -- though you can go check them out on your own), the answer is: $21,703,918,711in 53,503 increments.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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