Innovation is a way of life at Cincinnati Children’s. It transcends everything we do.

This year’s Research Foundation Annual Report is a comprehensive account of our finest published work over the past year. The breadth and depth of these findings come from the efforts of our diverse and talented scientists and their support staffs, who are from more than 80 countries and make up about one-third of the total workforce at Cincinnati Children’s.

The importance we place on innovation at Cincinnati Children’s was strongly reinforced this year as we:

  • Earned almost $200 million in external grant and industry funding at a time when funding for medical research is, in general, declining.
  • Invested $109 million in laboratory and applied research costs that are not covered by external grants or industry support. This significant commitment by our institution underscores our confidence in the people who work here and the quality of their endeavors.
  • Launched our 2020 strategic plan, which continues to emphasize our focus on medical research and our drive to transform child health with our collaborative culture of discovery, translation and learning.
  • Opened our new 15-story Clinical Sciences Pavilion, a symbol of our longstanding and future commitment to pediatric research. It was designed to elevate our full continuum of discovery, including innovation, translation, community health and improvement science, and accelerate discoveries into practice. The new facility will also help us retain and continue to attract top talent from around the world.

Cincinnati Children’s is proud to have some of the best and brightest minds working on some of the most difficult problems in pediatric medicine. Their simple and singular motivation is to be the leader in improving child health.

The advances summarized in this report are inspiring. Yet, we are reminded every day of the gaps that still exist, the cures that remain undiscovered, and the children who face uncertain futures.

As we move into another exciting year filled with promise and anticipation, we thank our partners, funders, donors and the community for the many ways you show your support of our pediatric research efforts. Together, we are changing the outcome for children and families from down the street, across the country, and around the world.

Thomas Cody
Chair, Board of Trustees


Nancy Krieger Eddy
PhD, Research Chair


Michael Fisher
President and CEO