So as the 2009 applicants await word as to whether they will be funded with FY10 dollars, I thought I’d post the lastest success rate data from the NIH.
include applications that are peer reviewed and either scored or unscored by an Initial Review Group. Success rates are determined by dividing the number of competing applications funded by the sum of the total number of competing applications reviewed and the number of funded carryovers [i.e., applications reviewed and scored but not funded the fiscal year prior]. Applications having one or more amendments in the same fiscal year are only counted once.
Grants funded jointly by 2 or more ICs are counted only by the IC footing the largest chunk of the bill.
On the master file, you can click on your favorite ICs to get their specific success rate stats.
Across the NIH, R21s (all Type 1s) have success rates well below R01s (which include Type 2/3 applications in their success rate). Among the big ICs, NHLBI is at 14.5% for the R21; NCI, 13.7%; NINDS, 12.8%; NIAID 11.8%; NIGMS, 7.9%; and NIDDK (which discourages applicants from using this mechanism except for specific types of work), 4.6%. NIMH is an outlier with an R21 success rate of 20.1%. In general, in fact, NIMH looks to be a nice place to go for money … except for R03s, which have a success rate of 9.6% (go to NIDDK, 58%, or NCI, 30.8%, for this mechanism … though these are probably mainly secondary data analyses awards).
No data on F, K, or T awards here … you need to scroll down the main success rate page and check the appropriate Excel spreadsheet for these data … or better yet, check the NIH Data Book for trends in Career Development Awards and Training Grants & Fellowships.