College Takes Top Spot Among Private Pharmacy Institutions in Annual AACP Research Rankings Report

Published on 29 July 2020

St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been ranked No. 1 among all private pharmacy institutions in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP) most recent Funded Research Grant Institutional Rankings Report.

The recently released report 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 2019 (Oct. 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2019).

In addition to its No. 1 ranking among private pharmacy institutions, the College was also ranked No. 26 for total federal funding, No. 31 for NIH funding and No. 13 for other federal funding among all colleges of pharmacy.

“These latest rankings from AACP’s Research Rankings Report are very important because they mark yet another milestone in the College’s work to develop a prestigious reputation for research and drug discovery,” said Tom Burris, Ph.D., FAAAS, FAHA, Alumni Chair in Pharmaceutical Education and vice president for research at the College. “In last year’s report, we were thrilled to crack the top 50 in total federal research awards, and now we are in the top 30. This year, we’re also celebrating a No. 1 ranking among private pharmacy institutions. These accolades demonstrate that our efforts to enhance our overall research capacity, promote a culture of research excellence and raise our research profile nationally and internationally are being recognized.”

During 2018-19, research growth at the College has increased rapidly. According to the St. Louis Business Journal, the College has quadrupled its research funding from $2.39 million in 2018 to $9.15 million in 2019.

The College currently receives annual funding through granting agencies such as the NIH, the American Heart Association and the U.S. Department of Defense. Across the College, faculty researchers are engaged in exciting projects, both in individual laboratories and through the College’s academic and research centers.

“When I came to the College, my vision was for the institution to become one of the top 20 colleges of pharmacy in terms of research funding, and we’re well on our way,” Burris said. “This success is a testament to the dedicated work of our many researchers who are engaged in a wide-range of high-caliber and high-impact projects. Our work has just begun, and I can’t wait to see what’s to come as we continue to grow and expand our research endeavors in the years to come.”

To view AACP’s Funded Research Grant Institutional Rankings Report for FY 2019, visit For more information about research at the College, visit

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