Research Project Grants (RPGs)

During fiscal year 2017,

  • Over 67.8% of 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 16.9% of the FY 2017 competing dollars.
  • A total of 1,139 competing RPGs were funded.

FY 2017 data on this page includes Cancer Moonshot Funding.

Number of RPG Awards

RPGs Summary, FY 2016-2017

RPG Awards Funded
(Dollars in Thousands)
RPG Awards Funded 2016 Number 2016 Amount 2017 Number 2017 Amount
Total Funding for RPGs 4,666 $2,146,074 4,663 $2,278,416
SBIR/STTR 202 $101,478 238 $125,636
Funding for RPGs without SBIR/STTR Program 4,464 $2,044,596 4,425 $2,152,780
Continuation or Noncompeting Grants Funded 3,234 $1,432,710 3,286 $1,500,855
Competing Grants Funded 1,230 $513,170 1,139 $535,521
Administrative Supplements 204 $21,511 243 $33,173
Partial Assessment for DHHS Program Evaluation   $77,204   $83,232
Funds Set Aside Within Competing Dollars
(Dollars in Thousands)
Grant Category R01 or Share 2016 Number or % 2016 Amount 2017 Number or % 2017 Amount
Grants within Paylines   873

$318,658

772

$300,349

Traditional R01 495 $229,472 570 $265,943
RFA Grants   142 $69,914 145 $90,579
Share of Competing Grant Funds 13.6%   16.9%  
Exception Grants   357 $194,512 367 $235,172
Share of Competing Grant Funds 37.9%   43.9%  

Competing RPGs
Statistical Measure 2016 2017
*Excludes SBIR/STTR
Total Competing Application Requests* 10,241 9,704
Funding Success Rate 11.8% 12%
Percentile Funding for R01 Grants 10th & 12th 10th and 12th
Average Cost-Competing $417 $470
Average Reduction from Recommended/Requested Levels -14% -14%

RPGs Funding Mechanisms

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 2016 2017 Description
*SPL = Scientific Program Leaders (NCI)
R01 Traditional Grants 10th & 12th 10th & 12th Percentile
P01 Program Projects* 17% Reduction 17% Reduction *SPL Selected
R03 Small Grants 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 21 Impact Score
R43/R44 SBIR 25 25 Impact Score

RPGs Requested and Awarded

The following table displays requested and awarded RPGs and the success rate for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. 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.

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.
Success rate is the number of awarded grants divided by the number of awards requested.
2016 Competing New 10,947 $4,261,178 1,204 $466,567 11.8% 
Competing Renewal 601 $377,550 152 95,767
Competing Supplement 27 14,839 9 6,928
Competing Subtotal 11,575 4,653,567 1,365 569,262
Non-Competing 3,301 1,576,813
FY 2016 RPG Total     4,666 $2,146,075
2017 Competing New 10,354 $4,504,710 1,172 $514,490 12.0%
Competing Renewal 518 364,485 136 96,512
Competing Supplement 21 7,444 3 1,131
Competing Subtotal 10,893 4,876,638 1,311 612,133
Non-Competing 3,352 1,666,283
FY 2017 RPG Total 4,663 $2,278,416

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.

RPG Awards by Grant Codes, FY 2016-2017
(Dollars in Thousands)
Grant Code 2016 Number 2016 Amount 2017
Number
2017
Amount
RPG Activity Codes with a "0" count displayed for No. are grants where NCI did not take the grant award count for the funding since NCI was not the Primary IC funding the award.
In 2011, NCI awarded 1 UA5, it is not displayed but is included in the 2011 totals.
FY 2017 data includes Cancer Moonshot Funding.
R01 3,011 $1,258,134 3,074 $1,328,242
DP1 2 3,021 3 3,620
DP2 0 220 0 174
DP5 11 4,818 7 2,882
P01 94 173,358 90 169,753
R00 93 22,620 109 26,551
R37 6 2,649 2 955
U01 214 159,461 237 201,670
U19 2 3,202 3 6,577
UH2 18 4,942 19 4,953
R35 77 71,418 105 96,338
R50 34 5,674 49 8,430
UH3 6 5,825 6 5,723
UA5 0 0
UM1 43 85,670 23 65,150
UG3 8 3,268
R03 114 9,057 138 10,796
R21 674 132,485 472 91,406
R33 41 14,962 57 33,586
R15 22 9,315 20 8,559
R55 0 0
R56 2 560 3 917
RC2
SBIR/STTR 202 101,478 238 125,636
Total 4,666 $2,068,869 4,663 2,195,184

  • Updated: April 10, 2018