UC Irvine’s Program in Nursing Science has landed on the National Institutes of Health research funding list for the first time, rating 54th among U.S. nursing schools. Program researchers brought in $455,000: Ruth Mulnard uses NIH funding to conduct clinical trials on promising Alzheimer’s disease treatments, and Lorraine Evangelista leads the multicampus Pro-Heart study. This amount does not include a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration for UC Irvine’s nurse-practitioner-led clinic at El Sol Science & Arts Academy in downtown Santa Ana. The NIH funding ranking marks the latest achievement for the 6-year-old program, which in 2013 will start enrolling students into its new Ph.D. program. “Having a strong research infrastructure is necessary for our research-based doctoral program, as it allows our students to work as graduate assistants on projects,” says Ellen Olshansky, professor and director of nursing science at UC Irvine. “Becoming a ranked program is an important step in this direction.”