2020 tables: Institutions - physical 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 National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Argentina 14.60 17.69 134 19.4%
2 University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil 19.65 15.72 130 -21.2%
3 Brazil Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (MCTIC), Brazil 11.14 11.68 152 3.3%
4 Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Brazil 10.09 10.13 39 -1.1%
5 Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Brazil 12.18 9.53 108 -23.0%
6 Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), Brazil 9.81 8.73 15 -12.4%
7 São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil 11.73 8.64 103 -27.4%
8 University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina 6.54 7.84 79 18.1%
9 Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (PUCV), Chile 8.86 7.60 23 -15.4%
10 Andres Bello University (UNAB), Chile 4.15 6.38 32 51.3%
11 Adolfo Ibáñez University (UAI), Chile 3.10 5.82 15 85.0%
12 State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil 9.14 5.78 80 -37.7%
13 University of Antofagasta, Chile 2.10 5.58 17 161.3%
14 University of Chile, Chile 6.14 5.35 56 -14.2%
15 Federico Santa María Technical University (UTFSM), Chile 3.53 5.07 90 41.6%
16 National University of La Plata (UNLP), Argentina 6.31 4.95 72 -22.7%
17 Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel), Brazil 1.01 4.88 16 376.2%
18 National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA), Argentina 5.43 4.81 23 -12.6%
19 University of Concepción (UdeC), Chile 4.34 4.81 45 9.4%
20 Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Brazil 1.94 4.72 63 140.0%
21 Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC), Chile 9.61 4.61 98 -52.7%
22 Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil 2.78 4.17 6 47.5%
23 National University of Mar Del Plata (UNMdP), Argentina 0.43 3.79 7 762.1%
24 Center for Scientific Studies (CECs), Chile 3.64 3.62 12 -2.1%
25 Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES), Brazil 3.22 3.58 8 9.5%
26 Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil 6.46 3.47 103 -47.0%
27 Federal University of Itajubá (UNIFEI), Brazil 2.47 3.28 6 30.9%
28 University of Valparaíso (UV), Chile 4.87 3.14 35 -36.5%
29 Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil 1.92 3.11 10 59.0%
30 Brazil Ministry of Defense (DEFESA), Brazil 5.42 3.10 6 -43.6%
31 Federal University of Ceará (UFC), Brazil 3.19 3.04 6 -6.1%
32 Yachay Tech University, Ecuador 0.97 2.98 7 201.3%
33 University of Santiago, Chile (Usach), Chile 1.82 2.87 13 55.8%
34 São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil 1.77 2.84 22 58.3%
35 Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil 4.47 2.82 8 -37.9%
36 Federal University of Maranhão (UFMA), Brazil 3.13 2.75 4 -13.3%
37 University of the Republic (UDELAR), Uruguay 0.56 2.67 8 372.9%
38 Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil 1.00 2.42 41 139.2%
39 Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), Brazil 2.95 2.37 71 -20.9%
40 Austral University of Chile (UACh), Chile 1.66 2.32 9 37.9%
41 Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil 4.70 2.21 5 -53.7%
42 National University of General San Martín (UNSAM), Argentina 1.64 2.16 7 29.8%
43 University of Antioquia (UdeA), Colombia 1.24 2.10 18 66.4%
44 National University of Cuyo (UNCUYO), Argentina 1.14 2.08 15 79.5%
45 Fluminense Federal University (UFF), Brazil 3.67 2.06 7 -44.7%
46 University of Brasília (UnB), Brazil 2.85 2.03 5 -29.9%
47 Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil 3.72 1.94 61 -48.6%
48 Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), Brazil 2.26 1.92 6 -16.6%
49 Los Andes University, Colombia 3.41 1.90 74 -45.1%
50 University of Valle, Colombia 0.50 1.78 3 250.3%
51 Antonio Nariño University (UAN), Colombia 0.62 1.63 60 158.1%
52 National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT), Chile 0.73 1.60 27 116.6%
53 Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU), Brazil 1.49 1.56 3 2.9%
54 Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul, Brazil 0.25 1.54 4 507.5%
55 National University of Córdoba (UNC), Argentina 0.32 1.37 5 326.7%
56 State University of Santa Cruz (UESC), Brazil 0.61 1.31 3 110.5%
57 National University of Colombia (UNAL), Colombia 0.88 1.29 43 44.2%
58 University of La Serena (ULS), Chile 1.16 1.29 6 9.4%
59 University of Bío-Bío (UBB), Chile 2.18 1.25 2 -43.6%
60 University of Talca (UTALCA), Chile 0.17 1.17 4 593.0%
61 Pedagogical and Technological University of Colombia (UPTC), Colombia 0.58 1.00 1 68.9%
61 State University of Londrina (UEL), Brazil 1.01 1.00 1 -2.0%
62 Rosario National University (UNR), Argentina 0.76 1.00 5 28.4%
63 Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Brazil 0.70 0.98 4 38.4%
64 Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), Brazil 0.91 3 N/A
65 Diego Portales University (UDP), Chile 1.70 0.89 10 -48.4%
66 Federal University of Latin American Integration (UNILA), Brazil 0.50 0.87 2 70.8%
67 Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL), Brazil 0.88 0.83 2 -6.3%
68 Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Chile 0.32 0.75 2 133.3%
69 Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), Peru 1.40 0.74 18 -48.2%
70 Universidade do Estado do Rio Grande do Norte (UERN), Brazil 0.20 0.70 2 244.8%
71 Central University of Chile (UCEN), Chile 0.25 0.67 2 162.7%
71 Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Brazil 1.00 0.67 1 -34.5%
72 Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), Brazil 0.21 0.61 2 183.3%
73 State University of Maringá (UEM), Brazil 0.79 0.60 1 -25.3%
74 Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), Brazil 0.25 0.58 2 129.9%
74 Federal University of Southern Border (UFFS), Brazil 0.25 0.58 2 129.9%
75 Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR), Brazil 1.58 0.58 4 -63.7%
76 National University of the Litoral (UNL), Argentina 0.56 2 N/A
77 Federal University of Lavras (UFLA), Brazil 0.02 0.54 4 2,244.8%
78 Universidad Arturo Prat (UNAP), Chile 0.17 0.53 2 215.3%
79 National University of San Luis (UNSL), Argentina 0.52 2 N/A
80 University of Aysen, Chile 0.51 4 N/A
81 Pontifical Bolivarian University (UPB), Colombia 0.25 0.50 1 97.0%
81 Universidad Santiago de Cali (USC), Colombia 0.67 0.50 2 -26.1%
81 Catholic University of the North (UCN), Chile 2.46 0.50 1 -80.0%
81 Institución Universitaria Salazar y Herrera (IUSH), Colombia 0.50 1 N/A
81 Universidad de los Andes (UANDES), Chile 0.50 2 N/A
82 National Polytechnic School (EPN), Ecuador 0.70 0.42 71 -41.0%
83 Laboratório Interinstitucional de e-Astronomia (LIneA), Brazil 0.04 0.40 9 846.0%
84 Universidad Autónoma de Chile (UA), Chile 0.39 2 N/A
85 Brazil Ministry of Education (MEC), Brazil 0.20 0.38 3 89.1%
86 Federal University of Goiás (UFG), Brazil 0.12 0.35 4 192.9%
87 University of the State of Amazonas (UEA), Brazil 0.34 1 N/A
88 Catholic University of Maule (UCM), Chile 0.04 0.33 1 688.2%
88 Ceará State University (UECE), Brazil 0.17 0.33 1 97.0%
88 Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology (IFET), Brazil 1.05 0.33 1 -68.6%
88 Federal University of Tocantins, Brazil 0.33 1 N/A
88 Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC), Venezuela 0.33 1 N/A
88 Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV), Venezuela 0.33 1 N/A
88 Nueva Granada Military University (UMNG), Colombia 0.33 1 N/A
89 Brazilian Science Data Center (BSDC), Brazil 0.01 0.33 9 6,145.2%
90 Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Brazil 1.49 0.33 4 -78.2%
91 National University of South (UNS), Argentina 0.83 0.31 1 -62.8%
92 Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE), Brazil 0.29 2 N/A
92 Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG), Brazil 1.37 0.29 2 -79.0%
93 National Technological University (UTN), Argentina 0.51 0.26 3 -49.0%
94 Cells for Cells S.A. (C4C), Chile 0.26 1 N/A
95 Universidad Mayor, Chile 0.13 0.25 1 97.0%
95 Instituto Federal de Educação Ciência e Tecnologia do Maranhão (IFMA), Brazil 0.25 0.25 1 -1.5%
95 Southwest Bahia State University (UESB), Brazil 0.25 1 N/A
95 University of Mendoza (UM), Argentina 0.25 1 N/A
95 Sociedad Antioqueña de Astronomía (SAA), Colombia 0.25 1 N/A
95 University of the Americas (UDLA), Chile 0.25 1 N/A
95 Universidade Federal do Cariri (UFCA), Brazil 0.25 1 N/A
96 Cayetano Heredia University (UPCH), Peru 0.21 1 N/A
97 University of Tarapacá (UTA), Chile 0.15 0.20 1 31.4%
97 Ponta Grossa State University (UEPG), Brazil 0.33 0.20 1 -40.9%
97 Jorge Basadre Grohmann National University (UNJBG), Peru 0.20 1 N/A
98 National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA), Brazil 0.19 1 N/A
99 National University of San Juan (UNSJ), Argentina 0.29 0.19 1 -36.7%
100 Brazil Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC), Brazil 0.18 1 N/A

Footnote

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