Research Project Grants (RPGs)

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During fiscal year 2015,

  • 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 2015 competing dollars.
  • A total of 1,236 competing RPGs were funded.

Number of RPG Awards

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RPG Funding and Average Cost

RPGs Summary, FY 2014-2015

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RPG Awards Funded
(Dollars in Thousands)
RPG Awards Funded 2014 Number 2014 Amount 2015 Number 2015 Amount
Total Funding for RPGs 4,814 $2,012,560 4,767 $2,092,635
SBIR/STTR 217 81,841 194 92,598
Funding for RPGs without SBIR/STTR Program 4,597 1,930,719 4,573 2,000,037
Continuation or Noncompeting Grants Funded 3,390 1,382,453 3,337 1,398,109
Competing Grants Funded 1,207 450,476 1,236 508,126
Administrative Supplements 216 24,854 226 20,475
Partial Assessment for DHHS Program Evaluation   72,936   73,327
Funds Set Aside Within Competing Dollars
(Dollars in Thousands)
Grant Category R01 or Share 2014 Number or % 2014 Amount 2015 Number or % 2015 Amount
Grants within Paylines   724 $217,174 745 $240,874
Traditional R01 379 154,332 383 173,076
RFA Grants   139 63,344 84 52,809
Share of Competing Grant Funds 14.1%   10.4%  
Exception Grants   483 233,303 491 267,252
Share of Competing Grant Funds 51.8%   52.6%  
Competing RPGs
Statistical Measure 2014 2015
*Excludes SBIR/STTR
Total Competing Application Requests* 8,568 9,525
Funding Success Rate 14.1% 13.0%
Percentile Funding for R01 Grants 9th 9th
Average Cost-Competing $373 $411
Average Reduction from Recommended/Requested Levels -17% -17%

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.
2014 Competing New 8,805 $3,183,390 1,195 $393,121
Competing Renewal 619 351,443 179 108,852
Competing Supplement 18 7,201 4 915
Competing Subtotal 9,442 3,542,034 1,378 502,888 14.6%
Non-Competing 3,436 1,509,672
FY 2014 RPG Total     4,814 $2,012,560  
2015 Competing New 8,919 3,582,501 1,089 416,796
Competing Renewal 586 341,149 146 90,955
Competing Supplement 20 7,482 1 375
Competing Subtotal 9,525 3,931,132 1,236 508,126 13%
Non-Competing 3,337 1,471,436
FY 2015 RPG Total 4,573 $1,979,562

RPG Awards by Grant Activity Codes

The table displayed below shows annual spending on NCI grant mechanisms for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The Download the Data link contains data for the prior ten years. Find descriptions of the NIH Activity Codes.

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RPG Awards by Grant Codes, FY 2014-2015
(Dollars in Thousands)
Grant Code 2014 Number 2014 Amount 2015 Number 2015 Amount
R01 3,085 $1,166,410 2,949 $1,174,944
DP1 4 4,024 2 2,413
DP2 3 7,489 0 402
DP5 6 2,318 8 3,501
P01 109 211,171 100 193,818
R00 84 19,652 93 22,841
R37 25 11,391 12 5,695
RFA 364 201,101 363 203,518
U01 131 72,618 165 106,463
U19 2 3,421 2 3,606
UH2 1 194 1 2,283
R35 43 34,740
UH3 0 433
UM1 15 29,649 15 28,572
R03 194 15,078 162 12,868
R21 551 102,958 639 123,378
R33     0 86
R15 23 9,875 18 7,317
R56 1 263
SBIR/STTR 217 81,841 194 92,598
Total 4,814 $1,939,623 4,767 $2,019,308

RPGs Funding Mechanisms

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Grant Funding Paylines
RPG Mechanism 2014 2015 Description
*SPL = Scientific Program Leaders (NCI)
R01 Traditional Grants 9th 9th Percentile
P01 Program Projects N/A N/A SPL* Selected
R03 Small Grants 25 25 Impact Score
R21 Exploratory Phase I 9th 9th Percentile
R33 Exploratory Phase II N/A N/A SPL* Selected
R41/R42 STTR 30 30 Impact Score
R43/R44 SBIR 30 30 Impact Score

Total RPG Funds, FY 2015

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  • Posted: December 16, 2016