Top 5 Research Program

According to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, the UFCD research enterprise now ranks fifth nationally among all U.S. dental schools in National Institutes of Health, or NIH, funding.

The UF College of Dentistry has been among the top 5 dental schools in NIH funding for a number of years, but its $11.7 million in NIH funding for 2021 propelled the college into the top five. The Blue Ridge research rankings are based on NIH funding data, and serve to educate the public about research and research results.

Under the guidance of the College of Dentistry Office of Research and the leadership of Associate Dean for Research Valeria Gordan, DDS, MS, MS-CI, the college is nationally recognized for its oral health research enterprise, emphasizing infectious diseases in dentistry, bone biology, pain and neurosciences, and translational research to improve oral health care and patient outcomes. The Department of Oral Biology is one of the top-ranked in the U.S. based on NIH research funding among similar departments.

2021 Blue Ridge Research Rankings | NIH Funding | Top 10 Dental Schools


  1. University Of California San Francisco $22,033,043 Million
  2. University Of Michigan $20,379,062 Million
  3. University Of Pennsylvania $15,612,277 Million
  4. University Of Southern California $15,305,630 Million
  5. University Of Florida $11,665,314 Million
  6. University Of California Los Angeles $11,188,982 Million
  7. New York University $11,150,883 Million
  8. University Of Connecticut Sch Of Med/Dnt $9,388,853 Million
  9. University Of Maryland Baltimore $7,553,193 Million
  10. Boston University Medical Campus $6,415,119 Million

The Blue Ridge Institute 2021 rankings: http://www.brimr.org/NIH_Awards/2021/


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