NIH recently released their annual web reports, success rates, and NIH Data Book for fiscal year 2016. In a February 3 blog post, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Michael Lauer, summarized FY2016 numbers and compared them to previous years. Here are the highlights:
NIH received 54,220 competing research project grant applications, an increase of over 3,000 applications from 2014. Roughly 45% of those were applications for R01-equivalent grants. The success rate for these applications was 19.1% compared to 18.3% in FY2015 and the average size of awards was $499,221, a historical high for both competing and non-competing awards. Though success rate and award amount levels remain far below those of 15 – 20 years ago, the last two years have seen gradual increases with total NIH funding up by over $1.27 billion from 2014.
Lauer also reported on several new activity codes in FY 2016 that supported a variety of scientific areas including pilots for Alzheimer’s research, genomic research centers, and clinical studies for mental disorders. Fourteen new projects were funded under the Phase 1 Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R61 – in lieu of the R21). Additionally, funding that support large-scale projects such as the RM1 saw a substantial increase from $4 million in 2015 to over $15 million in 2016.