2020 tables: Institutions - life sciences

The 2020 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2018 Share 2019 Count 2019 Change in Adjusted Share 2018-2019*
1 University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil 14.36 14.76 79 2.2%
2 National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Argentina 15.85 9.19 80 -42.3%
3 Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil 8.43 8.11 31 -4.3%
4 Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ), Brazil 3.40 3.91 22 14.3%
5 Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC), Chile 4.06 3.89 33 -4.8%
6 University of Chile, Chile 3.48 3.67 33 4.6%
7 University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina 7.00 3.35 26 -52.4%
8 São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil 1.90 3.09 15 61.2%
9 Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil 3.61 2.62 19 -27.9%
10 State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil 3.81 2.37 18 -38.1%
11 University of the Republic (UDELAR), Uruguay 2.42 2.36 7 -3.0%
12 Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil 0.80 1.68 14 109.2%
13 Andres Bello University (UNAB), Chile 1.33 1.65 13 23.6%
14 Fundación Ciencia y Vida, Chile 0.07 1.55 4 2,139.2%
15 Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil 1.53 1.39 7 -9.8%
16 University of Concepción (UdeC), Chile 0.61 1.38 4 125.0%
17 Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Brazil 0.66 1.36 4 105.4%
18 Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), Brazil 0.58 1.30 4 121.5%
19 Center for Scientific Studies (CECs), Chile 0.58 1.29 2 120.1%
20 Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Brazil 0.48 1.23 7 155.7%
21 Federal University of Pará (UFPA), Brazil 0.68 1.08 5 57.3%
22 Rosario National University (UNR), Argentina 0.83 1.02 6 22.1%
23 Brazil Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (MCTIC), Brazil 2.36 1.00 10 -57.9%
24 Universidad Mayor, Chile 0.54 0.99 9 81.4%
25 Cayetano Heredia University (UPCH), Peru 0.28 0.96 9 237.7%
26 National University of the Litoral (UNL), Argentina 0.34 0.92 2 166.8%
27 Austral University of Chile (UACh), Chile 1.02 0.81 6 -21.1%
28 Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Brazil 0.33 0.80 12 144.8%
29 National Cancer Institute (INCA), Brazil 0.06 0.78 3 1,144.9%
30 Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE), Ecuador 0.36 0.75 5 107.5%
31 University of Valparaíso (UV), Chile 1.28 0.75 7 -42.1%
32 National University of San Luis (UNSL), Argentina 0.71 2 N/A
33 National University of La Plata (UNLP), Argentina 0.45 0.64 7 42.5%
34 A.C. Camargo Cancer Center (CIPE), Brazil 0.30 0.63 4 108.0%
35 National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA), Brazil 0.25 0.62 9 150.6%
36 Los Andes University, Colombia 0.81 0.62 8 -23.7%
37 National University of San Marcos (UNMSM), Peru 0.11 0.61 3 445.4%
38 University of Valle, Colombia 0.60 2 N/A
39 University of Talca (UTALCA), Chile 0.12 0.59 4 388.8%
40 National University of General San Martín (UNSAM), Argentina 0.21 0.58 3 170.3%
41 Universidad San Sebastián (USS), Chile 0.08 0.58 5 591.0%
42 University of Santiago, Chile (Usach), Chile 0.50 0.56 5 11.2%
43 National Institute of Science and Technology for Structural Biology and Bioimaging (INBEB), Brazil 0.52 3 N/A
44 Fundación Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desarrollo (FUCITED), Chile 0.50 1 N/A
45 Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi (MPEG), Brazil 0.39 0.49 5 25.8%
46 Federal University of Goiás (UFG), Brazil 1.59 0.49 3 -69.2%
47 Fundación Otonga, Ecuador 0.06 0.49 2 769.2%
48 Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia 0.35 0.47 7 33.1%
49 Universidad de los Andes (UANDES), Chile 0.42 0.47 2 12.1%
50 Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Brazil 0.45 0.47 11 3.5%
51 Universidad del Rosario, Colombia 0.13 0.46 4 255.2%
52 Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC), Venezuela 0.50 0.46 2 -8.9%
53 José Silveira Foundation (FJS), Brazil 0.44 2 N/A
54 El Gato y la Caja, Argentina 0.43 1 N/A
55 Higher University of San Andrés (UMSA), Bolivia 0.12 0.42 2 245.2%
56 PanAmerican Bioinformatics Institute (PABI), Colombia 0.39 1 N/A
57 Adolfo Ibáñez University (UAI), Chile 0.08 0.36 2 330.8%
58 Catholic University of Cordoba (UCC), Argentina 0.35 2 N/A
59 Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil 0.20 0.34 8 67.1%
60 Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Chile 0.33 2 N/A
61 University of Antioquia (UdeA), Colombia 0.50 0.33 5 -35.2%
62 Brazil Ministry of Health, Brazil 0.55 0.32 5 -41.8%
63 Brasil Ministry of Environment (MMA), Brazil 0.18 0.32 2 81.1%
64 Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Brazil 0.23 0.30 3 28.9%
65 Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil 0.71 0.28 3 -61.1%
66 Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), Brazil 0.02 0.28 2 1,105.2%
67 National University of South (UNS), Argentina 0.50 0.28 2 -45.3%
68 University of Antofagasta, Chile 0.17 0.27 4 56.9%
69 Infant Foundation, Argentina 0.27 2 N/A
70 Cells for Cells S.A. (C4C), Chile 0.26 1 N/A
71 National University of San Antonio Abad in Cuzco (UNSAAC), Peru 0.02 0.26 4 1,456.8%
72 National University of Córdoba (UNC), Argentina 1.32 0.26 3 -80.5%
73 National Agricultural Technology Institute (INTA), Argentina 0.33 0.26 6 -22.0%
74 Brazil Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply, Brazil 0.87 0.25 6 -71.1%
75 National University of Central Buenos Aires (UNICEN), Argentina 0.02 0.25 1 1,093.0%
75 Fundação Zoobotânica do Rio Grande do Sul (FZB/RS), Brazil 0.25 1 N/A
76 National University of Comahue (UNCo), Argentina 0.54 0.25 5 -54.0%
77 Millennium Nucleus of Ion Channels-Associated Diseases (MiNICAD), Chile 0.50 0.24 3 -51.4%
78 National University of Quilmes (UNQ), Argentina 0.02 0.24 2 914.1%
79 Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES), Brazil 0.01 0.24 3 4,294.3%
80 Brazil Ministry of Education (MEC), Brazil 0.37 0.23 6 -38.4%
81 Torcuato di Tella University (UTDT), Argentina 0.13 0.23 2 79.9%
82 Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador 0.19 0.22 7 18.2%
83 University of La Serena (ULS), Chile 0.05 0.22 2 347.7%
84 Catholic University of the North (UCN), Chile 0.11 0.22 1 96.7%
85 Vale, Brazil 0.06 0.22 3 293.0%
86 Biosonda S.A., Chile 0.21 1 N/A
87 Universidade Federal de Alfenas, Brazil 0.20 1 N/A
88 El Bosque University, Colombia 0.19 1 N/A
89 University of Cartagena, Colombia 0.04 0.19 3 334.2%
90 Federal University of Western Pará (UFOPA), Brazil 0.18 2 N/A
91 Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology (IFET), Brazil 0.01 0.18 4 3,241.7%
92 Núcleo Milenio de Salmónidos Invasores (INVASAL), Chile 0.18 2 N/A
93 Instituto Butantan, Brazil 0.51 0.17 2 -66.3%
94 Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU), Brazil 0.03 0.17 4 411.9%
95 Ciudad del Mar Clinic, Chile 0.17 1 N/A
95 Bupa Reñaca Clinic, Chile 0.17 1 N/A
95 Clinic Hospital of Viña del Mar (HCVM), Chile 0.17 1 N/A
96 Faculty of Medicine of São José do Rio Preto (FAMERP), Brazil 0.04 0.17 3 297.3%
97 Universidad Tecnológica Indoamérica (UTI), Ecuador 0.03 0.16 2 434.5%
98 Fundación Clínica Valle del Lili, Colombia 0.31 0.16 1 -49.0%
99 Federal University of Lavras (UFLA), Brazil 1.21 0.15 4 -87.5%
100 National Institute for Translational Neuroscience, Brazil 0.15 2 N/A

Footnote

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*The change in adjusted Share accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. Share values have been adjusted to 2020 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.