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2020 tables: Institutions - NPO/NGO

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

2019 Institution Share 2018 Share 2019
1 Max Planck Society, Germany 773.55 764.83
2 Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany 503.23 485.75
3 Leibniz Association, Germany 199.08 199.38
4 Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Russia 196.77 195.66
5 Scripps Research, United States of America (USA) 140.12 119.6
6 Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), Spain 112.77 104.17
7 The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 55.64 52.07
8 HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus, United States of America (USA) 37.43 46.31
9 Salk Institute for Biological Studies (Salk), United States of America (USA) 41.72 44.27
10 National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), United States of America (USA) 47.34 42.72
11 Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC), United States of America (USA) 32.99 42.47
12 Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI), Canada 43.18 41.72
13 Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), India 40.17 40.66
14 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), United States of America (USA) 41.71 39.77
15 Carnegie Institution for Science (CIS), United States of America (USA) 45.29 37.92
16 Wellcome Sanger Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 37.34 36.69
17 Pasteur Institute, France 38.67 34.96
18 Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), Belgium 27.01 23.95
19 Fraunhofer Society, Germany 20.57 21.62
20 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), United States of America (USA) 31.74 20.74
21 Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), Spain 19.64 20.51
22 Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP), United States of America (USA) 15.75 19.51
23 Curie Institute, France 15.61 19.4
24 Vienna Biocenter (VBC), Austria 20.4 19.03
25 John Innes Centre (JIC), United Kingdom (UK) 17.07 18.77
26 Simons Foundation, United States of America (USA) 10.68 18.57
27 Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Netherlands 16.58 17.79
28 Cluster of Excellence - Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Structure of Matter (PRISMA), JGU, Germany 21.85 15.46
29 The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), United States of America (USA) 10.7 15.2
30 Stowers Institute for Medical Research, United States of America (USA) 14.84 14.83
31 Oncode Institute, Netherlands 8.88 14.82
32 Cluster of Excellence - Munich Center for Integrated Protein Science Munich (CiPS-M), LMU, Germany 19.29 13.87
33 La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI), United States of America (USA) 10.99 13.35
34 The Wistar Institute, United States of America (USA) 9.82 12.98
35 Ludwig Cancer Research, United States of America (USA) 11.11 12.91
36 Ames Laboratory, United States of America (USA) 19.24 12.81
37 Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), France 14.28 12.69
38 Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), United States of America (USA) 13.82 12.2
39 Rudjer Boskovic Institute (RBI), Croatia 13.29 12.01
40 Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research (HPSTAR), China 11.54 11.98
41 Gladstone Institutes, United States of America (USA) 14.62 11.94
42 California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), United States of America (USA) 13.85 11.92
43 Van Andel Research Institute (VAI), United States of America (USA) 16.61 11.13
44 Champalimaud Foundation, Portugal 11.26 10.89
45 Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Netherlands 7.65 10.44
46 Allen Institute, United States of America (USA) 11.01 10.4
47 Cluster of Excellence - Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (CFAED), TU Dresden, Germany 8.43 10.11
48 QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia 8.97 9.87
49 Babraham Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 7.64 9.82
50 National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia, Slovenia 8.71 9.34
51 Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Centre of Biomedical Functional Materials, NNU, China 3.9 9.27
52 Cancer Research UK (CRUK), United Kingdom (UK) 11.64 8.98
53 Institute of Microbial Chemistry (IMC), Japan 6.17 8.88
54 CIC nanoGUNE Consolider, Spain 9.02 8.87
55 Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (CZ Biohub), United States of America (USA) 6.42 8.56
56 Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI), Australia 17.2 8.52
57 Institute of Molecular Biology gGmbH (IMB), Germany 8.35 8.34
58 International Solvay Institutes, Belgium 11.61 7.79
59 Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A., Italy 8.92 7.71
60 Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia 9.5 7.44
61 VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Finland 3.14 7.21
62 International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria 4.41 7.17
63 Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC), Belgium 11.2 7.03
64 Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), UChicago, United States of America (USA) 3.12 6.94
65 Gulbenkian Science Institute (IGC), Portugal 8.5 6.88
66 American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), United States of America (USA) 8.57 6.58
67 Clinical Research Institute of Montreal (IRCM), Canada 7.98 6.47
68 Cluster of Excellence - Cologne Excellence Cluster on Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases (CECAD), UoC, Germany 4.85 6.36
69 Telethon Foundation, Italy 3.08 6.22
70 Collaborative Innovation Center of Henan Province for Green Manufacturing of Fine Chemicals, Henan Normal University, China 1.88 6.19
71 Center for Cooperative Research in Biosciences (CIC bioGUNE), Spain 6.12 5.96
72 TUM Cluster of Excellence - Origin and Structure of the Universe (Excellence Cluster Universe), Germany 3.87 5.81
73 Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), Canada 5.39 5.66
74 Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Luxembourg 4.52 5.42
75 National Interuniversity Consortium of Materials Science and Technology (INSTM), Italy 8.9 5.4
76 Center for Scientific Studies (CECs), Chile 4.23 5.36
77 Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), International 3.64 5.36
78 Cluster of Excellence - Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM), LMU, Germany 4 5.19
79 Universities Space Research Association (USRA), United States of America (USA) 3.82 5.09
80 Italian Foundation for Cancer Research (FIRC), Italy 7.22 4.99
81 Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Australia 3.28 4.96
82 Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), United States of America (USA) 2.18 4.79
83 World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland 1.72 4.76
84 Cluster of Excellence - Hamburg Center for Ultrafast Imaging (CUI), UHH, Germany 5.46 4.63
85 Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, United States of America (USA) 3.31 4.59
86 Collaborative Innovation Center of Radiation Medicine, Soochow University, China 2.66 4.55
87 Santa Fe Institute (SFI), United States of America (USA) 5.74 4.53
88 Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR), Canada 4.29 4.47
89 Centre for Cooperative Research in Biomaterials (CIC biomaGUNE), Spain 5.25 4.45
90 Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, Germany 2.33 4.38
91 National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics (NICPB), Estonia 2.39 4.35
92 Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF), United States of America (USA) 4.28 4.25
93 J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), United States of America (USA) 3.46 4.18
94 Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM), Portugal 8.17 4.16
95 National Graduate School of Engineering and Research Center (ENSICAEN), France 3.29 4.1
96 Biomedical Research Institute of Murcia (IMIB), Spain 1.01 3.96
97 Lieber Institute for Brain Development (LIBD), United States of America (USA) 2.1 3.96
98 New York Genome Center (NYGC), United States of America (USA) 5.68 3.95
99 Cluster of Excellence - Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN), Uni Tübingen, Germany 8.53 3.92
100 Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom (UK) 3.65 3.92

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