The numbers for fiscal year (FY) 2012 are in. Here are some facts about applications and awards in FY2012, compared to FY2011:
|The overall success rate for research project grants (RPGs) stayed the same compared to 2011.||18%||18%|
|The average size of RPGs increased.||$449,644||$454,588|
|In 2012, there was an increase in the total amount of funding that went to RPGs.||$15,815,319,592||$15,923,746,065|
|NIH received more R01 grant applications.||28,656||29,515|
|Success rates for research using the R01 mechanism remained the same||18%||18%|
|The number of R01 awards increased.||5,264||5,340|
|NIH received more R21 grant applications.||13,145||13,743|
|Success rates for the R21 mechanism increased.||13%||14%|
|NIH awards for the R21 mechanism significantly increased and reached the highest number of awards ever.||1,694||1,932|
|The success rate for center grant applications decreased.||37%||33%|
|The average size of a center grant increased.||$1,863,037||$1,914,070|
|Success rates for SBIR grants increased (Phase I success rates shown here)||11%||16%|
|The number of research grant applications received by NIH increased and reached the highest level ever.||62,267||63,524|
This 2012 data, and data from past years, can be found in the NIH Data Book. This is the first place to look for summary statistics on NIH awards — data and charts are exportable for easy incorporation into reports, presentations, or your own blog posts.
Looking back on these data, the first thought that comes to my mind is, “We made it.” Despite a flat budget and complex fiscal times, we maintained last year’s success rate and slightly increased the amount of award dollars that went to research project grants. We continue to strive to maintain a diverse portfolio of biomedical research, and keep this important work moving along quickly.
Even though the current fiscal year remains uncertain, we know that above all, it is critical to support your continued work on innovative science. Stay tuned for more data.