Thanks to everyone who has commented and provided suggestions on ways for NIH to manage in fiscally challenging times. I appreciate all the input. We’ve received more than a 150 responses. If you haven’t had a chance to comment yet, I encourage you to do so. You can leave a comment on the blog or send it to NIHResourceManagement@nih.gov.
In one of the comment threads, there was discussion about the percentage of investigator-initiated research versus targeted research. We provided links to graphs in the NIH Data Book that show for research program grants and R01 grants awards made in response to targeted announcements make up less than 20% of the total awards. Then, we received the following comment.
Apart from the percentage of awards, how do the dollars play out? What is the percentage of dollars spent on targeted (including contracts, centers, etc) versus investigator-initiated grants? This may be more informative.
Good question. This information is also available in the Data Book. In 2010, targeted grants represented 23% of research project grant funding and 12% of R01 funding. We also have information on the allocation of research funding by mechanism, which will give you a sense of the percent of funding that goes to research project grants, center grants, research career awards, small business grants, and other research.