Department of Pediatrics faculty members are in key national leadership positions across the disciplines of academic pediatrics and biomedical research. In 2019, our department ranked twenty seventh in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding among pediatric departments located within medical schools. That year our department received $12.8 million in direct costs (direct costs from all extramural research funding totaled $18.7 million). The number of NIH awards and associated direct costs was comparable in fiscal year 2018, i.e., $12.4 million in direct costs from 60 total NIH awards, with direct costs from all extramural research funding totaling $19.6 million.

The Carver College of Medicine is internationally recognized for its excellence and leadership in biomedical research. In 2019, the Carver College of Medicine received $232.2 million in research funding, including $130 million from the NIH, ranking it 41 in the nation among public medical schools. Six University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine programs nationally ranked- with 2  in the top 5.

In its 2021 edition of “Best Graduate Schools,” U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in the following categories:

  • Physical Therapy: No. 4
  • Family Medicine: No. 15
  • Primary Care: No. 20
  • Internal Medicine: No. 29
  • Research: No. 34

Carver College of Medicine faculty have been awarded approximately half of the University's total research funding and more than 80 percent of its National Institutes of Health funding. The University of Iowa is at the forefront among research universities in this country, and its contribution has been nationally recognized by such eminent authorities as the Carnegie Foundation, which classified The University of Iowa as having "very high research activity" among research universities. In the most recent medical school rankings by U.S. News and World Report, The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine ranked 20th for primary care training and 34th as a research institution.