The three top-earning US medical schools, which together garnered nearly $1 billion (US) from the National Institutes of Health in 2001, employ strategies that lesser known institutions can also use, according to administrators. The medical faculties at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California, San Francisco, acquired nearly $982 million in NIH grants, more than 11% of the $8.67 billion awarded to 122 US medical schools in fiscal year 2001. Johns Hopkins researchers amassed $334.1 million covering 865 NIH grants; Penn won $327 million; and UCSF received $320.8 million, according to the NIH (

Last month, the agency released its medical school rankings by total 2001 award amounts. The ability to raise federal funding helps schools dominate in the competition for talent, and each of the country's top 10 received more than $200 million in NIH grants. The top 30 medical schools received...

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