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Research Project Grants (RPGs)

During fiscal year 2019,

  • Over 73% of competing dollars supported grants awarded within the established payline and RFAs and the remainder supported grants as an exception to the fundable range.
  • RFA funds accounted for 17.6% of the FY 2019 competing dollars.
  • A total of 1,178 competing RPGs were funded.

FY 2019 data on this page includes FY 2019 Cures-Moonshot funding and excludes FY 2017 and 2018 Cures-Moonshot carryover obligations.

Number of RPG Awards

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Includes Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Awards.
Fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019 includes Cancer Moonshot funding.

RPGs Summary, FY 2018-2019

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RPG Awards Funded
(Dollars in Thousands)
RPG Awards Funded 2018 No. or % 2018 Amount 2019 No. or % 2019 Amount
Total Funding for RPGs 4,780 $2,450,558 4, 984 2,541`,700
SBIR/STTR 280 $142,899 245 136,670
Funding for RPGs without SBIR/STTR Program 4,500 $2,307,659 4, 739 2,405,030
Continuation or Noncompeting Grants Funded 3,338 $1,615,654 3,561 1,716,055
Competing Grants Funded 1,162 $571,222 1,178 572,716
Administrative Supplements 280 $36,754 268 30,715
Partial Assessment for DHHS Program Evaluation   $84,028   85,543
Funds Set Aside Within Competing Dollars
(Dollars in Thousands)
Grant Category R01 or Share 2018
No. or %
2018 Amount 2019 No. or % 2019 Amount
Grants within Paylines  

841

$326,426

805 319,359
Traditional R01 534 $250,668 544 260,317
RFA Grants   115 $107,311 118 100,779
Share of Competing Grant Funds 18.8%   17.6%  
Exception Grants   321 $244,796 373 253,357
Share of Competing Grant Funds 42.9%   44.2%  
Competing RPGs
Statistical Measure 2018 2019
*Excludes SBIR/STTR  
Total Competing Application Requests* 10,317 10,108
Funding Success Rate 11% 12%
Percentile Funding for R01 Grants 9th & 14th 8th & 14th
Average Cost-Competing $492 $486
Average Reduction from Recommended/Requested Levels -13% -14%

FY 2019 figures include FY 2019 Cancer Moonshot funds.
FY 2018 figures include FY 2018 Cancer Moonshot funds.

RPGs Funding Mechanisms

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The "Other" category includes DP1, DP2, DP5, R00, R37, U01, U19,UH2, UH3, UG3, UA5, R50, UM1, R15, R55 and R56 activities.

Grant Funding Paylines
RPG Mechanism 2018 2019 Description
*SPL = Scientific Program Leaders (NCI)
R01 Traditional Grants 9th & 14th 8th & 14th Percentile
P01 Program Projects 17% Reduction 19% Reduction SPL Selected*
R03 Small Grants 25 25 Impact Score
R15 Academic Research 25 25 Impact Score
R21 Exploratory Phase I 7th 7th Percentile
R33 Exploratory Phase II* N/A N/A SPL Selected*
R41/R42 STTR 25 22 Impact Score
R43/R44 SBIR 27 29 Impact Score

RPGs Requested and Awarded

The following table displays requested and awarded RPGs and the success rate for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. These numbers include Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) awards. The Download the Data link contains data for the prior ten years.

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RPGs Requested, Awarded, and Success Rate
(Dollars in Thousands)
Fiscal Year Type Number Requested Amount Requested Number Awarded Amount Awarded Success Rate
Includes Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Awards.
Fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019 figures includes Cancer Moonshot funding data.
Success rate is the number of awarded grants divided by the number of awards requested.
2018 Competing New 10,921 $4,914,256 1,220 $546,677 11.9%
Competing Renewal 471 327,711 134 96,208
Competing Supplement 33 8,382 2 331
Competing Subtotal 11,425 5,250,349 1,356 643,216
Non-Competing     3,424 1,807,342
FY 2018 RPG Total     4,780 $2,450,558
2019 Competing New 10,713 $4,880,003 1,207 $545,687 11.9%
Competing Renewal 445 332,705 122 90,402
Competing Supplement 28 7,197 7 1,611
Competing Subtotal 11,186 5,219,905 1,336 637,700
Non-Competing     3,648 1,903,999
FY 2019 RPG Total     4,984 $2,541,700

RPG Awards by Grant Activity Codes

This table displays awarded research project grants (RPG) data by grant activity code and count. Please visit NIH Activity Codes for more information on the descriptions.

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RPG Awards by Grant Activity Codes, FY 2018-2019
(Dollars in Thousands)
Grant Code 2018
Number
2018
Amount
2019
Number
2019
Amount
R01 3,092 $1,375,890 3,195 $1,425,516
DP1 2 2,388 1 1,161
DP2 1 2,711 0 466
DP5 6 2,494 3 1,312
P01 85 165,529 95 179,123
R00 103 24,704 109 26,260
R37 66 30,163 99 43,535
U01 285 243,522 306 276,369
U19 2 5,087 2 7,593
UH2 7 1,408 7 1,413
R35 125 118,267 142 129,232
R50 63 10,559 81 13,319
UH3 21 11,275 33 18,797
UA5 0 0 0 0
UM1 33 110,404 27 69,816
UG3 11 5,574 8 4,500
R03 149 12,227 121 9,735
R21 382 74,013 447 85,575
R33 45 17,863 38 14,993
R15 20 8,951 23 10,082
R55 0 0 0 0
R56 2 602 2 689
RC2 0 0 0 0
SBIR/STTR 280 142,899 245 136,670
Total 4,780 2,366,530 4,984 $2,456,156

RPG Activity Codes with a "0" count displayed for No. are grants where NCI co-funded a grant but was not the primary IC funding the award.

Fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019 includes Cancer Moonshot funds and excludes carryover obligations for fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

*From FY 2017 onward, RFAs will be accounted for in the actual grant mechanism categories under which they fall.

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