Announcing Updates to NIH Institutional Training Grant Applications and Required Data Tables

May 31, 2024

We are pleased to announce updates to Institutional Training Grant applications and required data tables, beginning with submissions due on or after January 25, 2025. The changes are intended to reduce applicant and reviewer burden, and further support the development of a biomedical research workforce that will benefit from the full range of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds needed to advance discovery.

Age of Principal Investigators at the Time of First R01-Equivalent Remains Level with Recent Years in FY 2023

May 6, 2024

In 2021, we showed that the age at which a researcher is designated on an NIH award for the first time had increased since 1995 and plateaued in the 2010s, and that age differences were most correlated with the terminal degree of the investigator. Today we are sharing an update on these data for FYs 2021-2023, including information related to degree, gender, race, ethnicity, and disability status.

Increases for National Research Service Award Stipends and Childcare Subsidies

April 23, 2024

We are committed to sustaining the vitality of the future biomedical research workforce, including providing appropriate support and addressing the many challenges faced by postdoctoral scholars in biomedicine. As part of this commitment, we are pleased to announce stipend and childcare subsidy increases for the over 17,000 early career scholars supported on NIH Kirschstein National Research Service Awards.

Updated Analyses Suggest Continued Decline in Research Project Grant Funding Inequalities for NIH-Supported Investigators, but Organizational Inequalities Remain: FY 1998 to FY 2023

April 19, 2024

We previously showed that the inequalities in the distribution of Research Project Grant funding to principal investigators increased, especially at the top end of funding, during the NIH budget doubling and the first few years after the 2013 budget sequestration. The degree of inequality appeared to fall, however, after NIH implemented the Next Generation Researchers Initiative. Here we present follow-up data that shows that the trends seen in recent years appear to be continuing in fiscal year 2023.