UFCD Research Enterprise Lauded as No. 5 Nationally in NIH Funding

Published: April 30th, 2018

Category: Alumni, Features, Honors, Awards & Appointments, News, Oral Biology, Research

According to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, the University of Florida College of Dentistry’s 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 10 dental schools in NIH funding for a number of years, but its $9.5 million in NIH funding for 2017 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.

UF No. 5 in NIH funding

Under the guidance of the College of Dentistry Office of Research and the leadership of Associate Dean for Research Robert A. Burne, Ph.D., 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.

Last fiscal year, the college received more than $17 million total from all sources in contracts and grants to seven departments including community dentistry and behavioral science, oral biology, orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial diagnostic sciences, oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontology, and restorative dental sciences. The college is home to eight research centers including the Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence, the Center for Dental Biomaterials, the Center for Molecular Microbiology, the Center for Orphaned Autoimmune Disorders, the Claude Denson Pepper Center for Oral Health in Aging, the Dental Clinical Research Unit, the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network, and the Southeast Center for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health.

In March, UFCD’s Comprehensive Training Program in Oral Biology received a William J. Geis Award for Vision, Innovation and Achievement during the American Dental Education Association Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. The Gies Awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D., debuted in 2008 and honor individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership.

Burne was recognized among a number of distinguished UF Academic Health Center faculty honored by UF Health President David Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., in October 2017 when he was officially installed as the Louis and Marge Atkins Endowed Professor at the College of Dentistry to support his research interests.

2017 Blue Ridge Research Rankings | NIH Funding | Top 10 Dental Schools


  1. University of Michigan, $19.2 million
  2. University of California, San Francisco, $18.4 million
  3. University of Pennsylvania, $12.3 million
  4. University of Alabama at Birmingham, $11 million
  5. University of Florida, $9.5 million
  6. University of California, Los Angeles, $9.4 million
  7. University of Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh, $8.8 million
  8. New York University, $8.2 million
  9. University of Connecticut School of Medicine/Dentistry, $8 million
  10. University of Maryland Baltimore, $7.6 million

Complete 2017 Research Rankings