CHR Ranks in Top Five for NIH Research Funding

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By Katie Essick, CHR Writer and Editor

The Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research was among the top five Oregon awardees of National Institutes for Health funding in fiscal year 2023.

CHR ranked fourth in funding, according to the Portland Business Journal, with 15 grants totaling $10.8 million.

The largest CHR awards were:

  • National Dental Practice-Based Research Center: Coordinating Center, $1.97 million, Mary Ann McBurnie, PhD, Principal Investigator
  • Community Partnership for Telehealth Solutions to Counter Misinformation and Achieve Equity (PRIME), $1.32 million, Amanda Petrik, PhD, Site Principal Investigator
  • Evaluating Effectiveness and Implementation of a Risk Model for Suicide Prevention Across Health Systems, $770,000, Bobbi Jo Yarborough, PsyD, Principal Investigator
  • Sleep for Health: A Randomized Clinical Trial Examining the Effects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia on Diabetes, $703,000, Erin LeBlanc, MD, MPH, Principal Investigator
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The Portland Business Journal reported that Oregon Health & Science University, the state’s academic health center and research university, received 512 grants totaling $295 million, followed by the University of Oregon with 113 grants and $44 million, and Oregon State University with 60 grants and $34 million. Portland State University rounded out the top five with 17 grants totaling $6.4 million.

Nationwide, the NIH awarded almost 59,000 grants totaling $34.9 billion to 2,743 academic universities, hospitals, research centers, small businesses and other organizations in 2023.

“Once again, our researchers have exhibited the high caliber of their work through this funding,” said CHR Interim Director Stephen Fortmann, MD. “NIH proposals are highly competitive, and we hold our own with much larger research institutions statewide.”

The Business Journal has published rankings previously. CHR’s 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 awards ranged from $9.3 million to $14.47 million, positioning it in fourth place each year. The report on 2018 results was the focus of a CHR story.

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