Research Project Grants (RPGs)

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During fiscal year 2016,

  • About half of competing dollars supported grants awarded within the established payline and RFAs and half supported grants as an exception to the fundable range.
  • RFA funds accounted for 10.4% of the FY 2016 competing dollars.
  • A total of 1,230 competing RPGs were funded.

Number of RPG Awards

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RPGs Summary, FY 2015-2016

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RPG Awards Funded
(Dollars in Thousands)
RPG Awards Funded 2015 Number 2015 Amount 2016 Number 2016 Amount
Total Funding for RPGs 4,767 $2,092,635 4,666 $2,146,074
SBIR/STTR 194 92,598 202 101,478
Funding for RPGs without SBIR/STTR Program 4,573 2,000,037 4,464 2,044,595
Continuation or Noncompeting Grants Funded 3,337 1,398,109 3,234 1,432,710
Competing Grants Funded 1,236 508,126 1,230 513,170
Administrative Supplements 226 20,475 204 21,511
Partial Assessment for DHHS Program Evaluation   73,327   77,204
Funds Set Aside Within Competing Dollars
(Dollars in Thousands)
Grant Category R01 or Share 2015 Number or % 2015 Amount 2016 Number or % 2016 Amount
Grants within Paylines   745 $240,874 873 $318,658
Traditional R01 383 173,076 495 229,472
RFA Grants          
Share of Competing Grant Funds 10.4%   13.6%  
Exception Grants   491 267,252 357 194,512
Share of Competing Grant Funds 52.6%   37.9%  
Competing RPGs
Statistical Measure 2015 2016
*Excludes SBIR/STTR
Total Competing Application Requests* 9,525 10,241
Funding Success Rate 13.0% 12.0%
Percentile Funding for R01 Grants 9th 10th and 12th
Average Cost-Competing $411 $417
Average Reduction from Recommended/Requested Levels -17% -14%

RPGs Funding Mechanisms

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Grant Funding Paylines
RPG Mechanism 2015 2016 Description
*SPL = Scientific Program Leaders (NCI)
R01 Traditional Grants 9th 10th & 12th Percentile
P01 Program Projects* N/A 17% Reduction *SPL Selected
R03 Small Grants 25 25 Impact Score
R21 Exploratory Phase I 9th 7th Percentile
R33 Exploratory Phase II* N/A N/A SPL* Selected
R41/R42 STTR 30 25 Impact Score
R43/R44 SBIR 30 25 Impact Score

RPGs Requested and Awarded

The following table displays requested and awarded RPGs and the success rate for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. 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
Success rate is the number of awarded grants divided by the number of awards requested.
Includes Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Awards.
2015 Competing New 8,919 $3,582,501 1,201 $452,675
Competing Renewal 473 268,934 169 108,851
Competing Supplement 20 7,482 1 375
Competing Subtotal 9,412 3,858,917 1,371 $561,629 14.6%
Non-Competing 3,396 1,457,679
FY 2014 RPG Total     4,573 $2,019,308  
2016 Competing New 11,047 $4,288,354 1,204 $466,567
Competing Renewal 598 375,329 152 95,767
Competing Supplement 27 14,839 9 6,928
Competing Subtotal 11,672 4,678,522 1,365 $569,262 11.7%
Non-Competing 3,301 1,499,608
FY 2015 RPG Total 4,666 $2,068,870

 

  • Posted: May 15, 2017