2021 tables: Institutions - life sciences

The 2021 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2019 Share 2020 Count 2020 Change in Adjusted Share 2019-2020*
1 University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil 14.76 21.45 113 33.5%
2 National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Argentina 9.19 17.44 107 74.3%
3 University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina 3.35 7.91 35 116.8%
4 Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil 8.11 6.65 28 -24.6%
5 Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC), Chile 3.89 6.19 37 46.4%
6 University of Chile, Chile 3.67 4.36 30 9.3%
7 Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil 2.62 4.31 24 51.3%
8 State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil 2.37 4.18 28 61.9%
9 Brazil Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (MCTIC), Brazil 1.00 3.39 18 210.7%
10 Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ), Brazil 3.91 2.65 20 -37.8%
11 Cayetano Heredia University (UPCH), Peru 0.96 2.41 10 129.5%
12 Rosario National University (UNR), Argentina 1.02 2.23 10 100.3%
13 São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil 3.09 2.14 17 -36.3%
14 Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Brazil 1.36 2.10 7 41.9%
15 Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil 1.68 1.91 12 4.6%
16 University of the Republic (UDELAR), Uruguay 2.36 1.70 7 -33.6%
17 Andres Bello University (UNAB), Chile 1.65 1.28 17 -28.7%
18 University of Talca (UTALCA), Chile 0.59 1.26 6 95.8%
19 National University of Córdoba (UNC), Argentina 0.26 1.25 10 342.0%
20 Universidad Mayor, Chile 0.99 1.22 10 13.3%
21 Clemente Estable Institute of Biological Research (IIBCE), Uruguay 1.21 5 N/A
22 Austral University of Chile (UACh), Chile 0.81 1.16 10 31.7%
23 Center for Scientific Studies (CECs), Chile 1.29 1.15 2 -18.5%
24 Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE), Ecuador 0.75 1.15 3 39.6%
25 Federal University of Lavras (UFLA), Brazil 0.15 1.04 2 528.6%
26 Fleury S.A., Brazil 1.01 2 N/A
27 Adolfo Ibáñez University (UAI), Chile 0.36 1.00 2 155.2%
28 Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Brazil 0.47 1.00 12 97.7%
29 Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil 0.34 0.97 6 160.6%
30 Universidad del Rosario, Colombia 0.46 0.90 5 78.6%
31 National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA), Brazil 0.62 0.87 8 27.9%
32 Federal University of Pará (UFPA), Brazil 1.08 0.86 8 -26.9%
33 National University of Quilmes (UNQ), Argentina 0.24 0.85 2 219.7%
34 A.C. Camargo Cancer Center (CIPE), Brazil 0.63 0.83 3 21.0%
35 Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Brazil 1.23 0.79 7 -40.8%
36 University of Santiago, Chile (Usach), Chile 0.56 0.79 7 29.7%
37 University of Concepción (UdeC), Chile 1.38 0.78 12 -48.3%
38 Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil 1.39 0.76 8 -49.5%
39 Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Brazil 0.04 0.75 6 1,548.1%
40 National Agricultural Technology Institute (INTA), Argentina 0.26 0.71 5 153.2%
41 University of Brasília (UnB), Brazil 0.13 0.70 4 379.8%
42 National University of General San Martín (UNSAM), Argentina 0.58 0.60 7 -5.9%
43 University of Antofagasta, Chile 0.27 0.59 4 102.1%
44 Catholic University of the North (UCN), Chile 0.22 0.58 3 141.1%
45 Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Brazil 0.30 0.56 4 71.7%
46 National University of La Plata (UNLP), Argentina 0.64 0.56 7 -20.2%
47 National University Arturo Jauretche (UNAJ), Argentina 0.54 2 N/A
48 Los Andes University, Colombia 0.62 0.51 5 -23.9%
49 National University of the Litoral (UNL), Argentina 0.92 0.50 4 -49.9%
50 Fundación Ciencia y Vida, Chile 1.55 0.48 3 -71.7%
51 National Administration of Laboratories and Health Institutes (ANLIS), Argentina 0.47 1 N/A
52 National University of Comahue (UNCo), Argentina 0.25 0.46 4 68.9%
53 Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel), Brazil 0.09 0.46 4 350.7%
54 Universidad San Sebastián (USS), Chile 0.58 0.41 5 -34.6%
55 Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES), Brazil 0.24 0.40 3 54.9%
56 University of Antioquia (UdeA), Colombia 0.33 0.39 7 9.8%
57 Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt Colombia, Colombia 0.09 0.38 2 286.3%
58 Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia 0.47 0.38 8 -26.6%
59 Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC), Venezuela 0.46 0.38 3 -24.0%
60 Peruvian University of Applied Sciences (UPC), Peru 0.01 0.38 1 6,066.6%
61 Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), Brazil 0.05 0.35 2 559.4%
62 National University of Colombia (UNAL), Colombia 0.06 0.35 8 438.1%
63 University of Valparaíso (UV), Chile 0.75 0.34 4 -57.6%
64 National University of Tucumán (UNT), Argentina 0.05 0.34 3 507.6%
65 Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplásicas (INEN), Peru 0.34 1 N/A
66 Federal University of São João del-Rei (UFSJ), Brazil 0.33 1 N/A
66 University of São Caetano do Sul (USCS), Brazil 0.33 1 N/A
66 Hospital General de Agudos Bernardino Rivadavia, Argentina 0.33 1 N/A
67 Universidad Autónoma de Chile (UA), Chile 0.12 0.32 2 142.4%
68 National University of San Antonio Abad in Cuzco (UNSAAC), Peru 0.26 0.32 4 12.0%
69 Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil 0.28 0.31 4 2.6%
70 National University of San Marcos (UNMSM), Peru 0.61 0.31 3 -53.3%
71 Hospital de Pediatría Garrahan, Argentina 0.01 0.30 3 4,453.3%
72 Scientific University of the South (UCSUR), Peru 0.30 3 N/A
73 Fundación para la Conservación y el Desarrollo Sostenible (FCDS), Colombia 0.30 1 N/A
74 Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Brazil 0.12 0.30 3 131.1%
75 Hospital Sírio-Libanês, Brazil 0.02 0.30 4 1,049.8%
76 Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV), Venezuela 0.03 0.30 5 772.4%
77 State University of Norte Fluminense (UENF), Brazil 0.29 2 N/A
78 Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), Peru 0.14 0.29 3 90.2%
79 Federal University of Goiás (UFG), Brazil 0.49 0.27 5 -48.6%
80 University of Tarapacá (UTA), Chile 0.13 0.27 3 86.3%
81 University of Cartagena, Colombia 0.19 0.27 3 32.1%
82 Brazil Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply, Brazil 0.25 0.26 5 -5.7%
83 Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS), Peru 0.26 2 N/A
84 National University of Mar Del Plata (UNMdP), Argentina 0.06 0.26 4 316.9%
85 Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (PUCV), Chile 0.15 0.25 5 56.7%
86 Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), Brazil 0.01 0.25 4 3,695.0%
87 Fundação Universidade Regional de Blumenau (FURB), Brazil 0.00 0.25 1 10,097.2%
88 University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos), Brazil 0.00 0.25 2 13,037.0%
89 Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL), Brazil 0.03 0.24 6 687.5%
90 University of Valle, Colombia 0.60 0.23 3 -65.1%
91 Maimonides University, Argentina 0.11 0.22 3 83.7%
91 Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), Brazil 0.22 1 N/A
92 Universidad de O'Higgins (UOH), Chile 0.02 0.21 3 1,127.5%
93 Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi (MPEG), Brazil 0.49 0.21 7 -60.6%
94 Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador 0.22 0.21 3 -15.7%
95 Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), Brazil 0.20 1 N/A
96 Universidad de las Américas (UDLA), Ecuador 0.05 0.20 3 237.7%
97 Catholic University of Pelotas (UCPEL), Brazil 0.04 0.18 1 351.0%
98 International Institute for Sustainability (IIS), Brazil 0.02 0.18 3 953.6%
99 Auditory and Cognition Center (AUCO), Chile 0.17 1 N/A
99 Ernesto Bachmann Paleontological Museum, Argentina 0.17 1 N/A
99 Universidad del Pacífico, Peru 0.17 1 N/A
99 University of Santander (UDES), Colombia 0.17 1 N/A
100 Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Brazil 0.06 0.16 3 134.1%

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.