College Ranks Among Top 50 in AACP Research Rankings Report

Published on 22 August 2019

St. Louis College of Pharmacy was ranked among the top 50 colleges of pharmacy in the nation for total federal research awards in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP) most recent Funded Research Grant Institutional Rankings Report.

The report, which was released this spring, provides aggregated grant data for National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, along with other federal, total federal and non-federal grants, and a sum of all extramural research grants received by pharmacy schools during Fiscal Year 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018).

The ranking of No. 49 on the list marks an important milestone for the College as it continues efforts to enhance its overall research capacity, promote a culture of research excellence and raise its research profile nationally and internationally.

“My vision for the College is to become one of the top 20 colleges of pharmacy in terms of research funding,” said Tom Burris, Ph.D., FAAAS, FAHA, vice president for research and alumni endowed professor of pharmacology. “A few years ago, we were in the top 80. Today, we’re in the top 50, and by next year, we’ll be in the top 30. We’re working hard to develop a prestigious reputation for research and drug discovery that will benefit our current students, faculty and alumni.”

Since Burris’ arrival at the College, extramural funding has increased rapidly. Today, the College receives annual funding through granting agencies such as the NIH, the American Heart Association and the U.S. Department of Defense.

“The College has long been known for its excellence in training pharmacists, but moving forward I see us gaining a lot of prestige for our research impact as well,” said Burris. “This is an exciting time, and our latest AACP research ranking demonstrates that we’re well on our way to accomplishing amazing things related to research at this institution.”

To view AACP’s Funded Research Grant Institutional Rankings Report for FY 2018, visit For more information about research at the College, visit

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