As we go into the last few weeks of the year, my office is busy working up the final numbers on application data for this year. Although the complete set of application data, tables, and graphs will not be available until later in January, I thought I would provide an early snapshot on success rates for 2013 competing research project grant (RPG) applications and awards.
We received 49,581 competing RPG applications at NIH in fiscal year 2013, slightly declining compared to last year (51,313 applications in FY2012).
In the blog I co-authored with NIH Director Francis Collins, we discussed the potential impact of the sequester and the potential downward trend for grant application success rates. Now we have the numbers to show this. In FY2013 we made 8,310 competing RPG awards, 722 fewer than in FY2012. This puts the overall research project grant (RPG) success rate at 16.8%, a decline from the 17.6% reported in FY2012. One might have expected a bigger drop in the success rates since we made about 8% fewer competing awards this year, but the reduction in the number of applications explains part of it.
We’ll be working hard over the next few weeks to update the NIH Data Book and Success Rates page on RePORT with final FY2013 data, tables and graphs, so stay tuned when I follow up in January for a more complete look at FY2013 numbers compared with last year’s data and a fuller explanation of the new numbers.