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The Department of Medicine is a leader in biomedical research and we are consistently listed among the top 25 departments of medicine nationwide in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding with $57.7 million (direct and indirect). In the last nine years federal support to the department increased nearly 50 percent, and the department outpaced overall NIH Extramural support two-to-one over the last five years.

The Department’s faculty are practicing clinicians and researchers who, along with their students, bring advances in the lab directly to the clinic, improving patient care and outcomes. Our scientific research yields discoveries that contribute to new information about the nature and treatment of disease to the rest of the world. 

Our divisions:

  • Have diverse and vibrant externally founded research programs
  • Provide research opportunities to trainees
  • Support the next generation of key innovators in shaping the future of health care through our robust Physician Scientist Training Program
  • Advance a pipeline of diverse faculty through our DREAM program​ for medical students. 
Research activity - by the numbers from the past year:

Researchers from our department are also helping to lead all five Transformational Research Funding initiatives launched in 2016 by the CU School of Medicine: 

The Department is a very active participant in CU’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) initiative, with 3 of the 5 Associate Directors of the CTSA program calling the Department home. In addition, we have 41 endowed chairs, the endowed Temple Hoyne Buell Heart Center, and a federally-designated Cancer Center enabling us to pursue new understanding and treatment of diseases that are afflicting millions of Americans.

​​Department of Medicine Research Funding

The Department of Medicine offers several programs to promote the success of our researchers. Learn more about these programs:

  • Just-Missed R01 Funding Program
    The goal of the Just-Missed R01 Program is to sustain research-focused faculty who are having difficulties conducting highly significant research due to temporary funding challenges. This program is modeled after the NIH R56 Program. 

  • School of Medicine Research Bridge Program​
    The Research Bridge Program is designed to preserve the capacity of our faculty to do research and will bridge support, especially for those effected by reductions in NIH budgets.​