The University of Washington is one of the largest academic research institutions in the US. In 2011, UW faculty won more than $1.5 billion in research funds. A study of world universities ranked the University of Washington 16th in the world, based on numerous criteria. For many years, the UW has ranked in the top 3 in total research funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Faculty at the University of Washington have been recognized by many prizes, including six Nobel Prize winners, five Albert Lasker Medical Research Awards, one Fields Medal, nine Gairdner International Awards, 15 MacArthur Awards, 3 Guggenheim Fellowships, and 5 National Medal of Science awards. Sixty-three UW faculty have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 18 to the National Academy of Engineering, 52 to the Institute of Medicine and 65 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
A summary of University of Washington Research Facts for 2011 is available here.