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The ReSource - Issue 10
The ReSource - Issue 10
The Source for news and information on NIH reports and the RePORT website https://report.nih.gov

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The ReSource Newsletter provides information on recent reports of NIH-funded activities and is the primary source of news and information on the Research Portfolio and Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) website. RePORT provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities, including information on NIH expenditures and the results of NIH-Supported research. RePORT is ever-expanding with new reports, tools, and concepts for displaying data. Look to The ReSource for the latest developments and handy tips and tricks for using the site and its tools.


Matchmaker updated with drilldown charts

In our last issue we introduced Matchmaker, a new query interface for RePORTER, which lets you submit abstracts or other scientific text to find similar projects. Matchmaker mines the terms and concepts in your text and returns a list of 100 similar projects.

Matchmaker also automatically creates charts of the most common study sections, institutes/centers, and activity codes in your list of similar projects.


Figure 1: Matchmaker charts associations of projects with Institute/Center, Activity Codes, and Study Sections.

Just added to Matchmaker are drill-down charts which can help you narrow in on which study sections, ICs, and activities are associated with your similar projects. After running a Matchmaker search, click on the bar graph for the specific institute/center, activity code and study section of interest. The page charts will be redrawn to show the subset of results.


Figure 2: Matchmaker charts after clicking the NIDDK bar to focus on the distribution of NIDDK projects by Activity and Study Section.

You can click the small [x] to remove the filter and view the full set of results again.


Figure 3: Click the [x] to remove the filter.

These charts and raw data will help you plan for future application submissions, find collaborators, and understand how your projects fit within the portfolio of funded NIH research. Try Matchmaker today!

Navigating back and forth between sub-projects and parent projects

We recently added a mechanism in RePORTER to provide simpler navigation between awarded parent projects and sub-projects.

  • When viewing a subproject, you can jump to the parent project by clicking the hyperlinked parent project number, and the project details from the parent project will appear in a pop-up window
  • Reporter layout

  • When viewing a parent project, you can view each sub-project by visiting the Subprojects tab and clicking the sub-project number (Sub #) for each subproject

Reporter layout


NIH project funding data now available for the last 25 years

Since RePORTER launched in 2008, project funding has been available for all NIH projects from FY2000 forward. This spring, we released project funding data for NIH projects for FY1989 - FY1999, meaning the full 25 years of funding data are now available through RePORTER.



NIH Data Book

Fiscal Year 2013 NIH Data Book released

The federal fiscal year 2013 closed in September and the NIH and RePORT team have summarized information about extramural research in fiscal year 2013. The latest version of the NIH Data Book is now available, and includes over 80 updated charts in the following categories:

  • Research Grants
  • Small Business Research (SBIR / STTR)
  • Success Rates and Funding Rates
  • The NIH-Funded Research Workforce
  • New NIH Investigators
  • Data by Gender
  • Trends in Research Career Development (K) Awards
  • NIH Research Training Grants and Fellowships
The NIH Data Book provides basic summary statistics on extramural grants and contract awards, grant applications, the organizations that NIH supports, the trainees and fellows supported through NIH programs, and the national biomedical workforce. On the RockTalk blog, you can read about the fiscal year 2013 highlights and learn more about success rates and pay lines. Current and historical versions of the NIH Data Book are available at https://report.nih.gov/nihdatabook/index.aspx.

As part of this release we also added additional data on two slides, providing more details on the actual numbers of applicants and awardees. See the Data tabs of these two slides:

Summary of other fiscal year 2013 updates

  • The NIH Success Rates page has many spreadsheets to help you understand the success rates of different funding mechanisms and activities. Also provided are tools that allow you to explore success rates by Institute or Center (FY1997-2013) or by Type and Activity Code
  • Awards by Location now uses frozen fiscal year 2013 data, and includes R&D contract data
  • NIH Budget and Spending page with fiscal year 2013 reports on Research Grants and Contracts are now available
  • Funding Facts has been updated with fiscal year 2013 application, award, and success rate data.
  • Many new reports are available on Report Catalog, use the All Years search filter and select fiscal year 2013
  • ExPORTER project data files for 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 are now available from the ExPORTER data catalog

Categorical Spending

Categorical Spending data released for Fiscal Year 2013

Each spring, coincident with the release of the President’s Budget, the NIH releases data on spending across several categories. Fiscal year 2013 data were released in March 2014 and are available at https://www.report.nih.gov/categorical_spending.aspx. These spending categories can also be used as search criteria in NIH RePORTER.

Comparing success rates, award rates, and funding rates

Success rates are a popular topic of conversation among investigators, and are frequently discussed on the RockTalk Blog. Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research, discusses the success rate, funding rate, and award rate and how these different numbers describe the “success” of NIH investigators in different ways. Read more on this analysis and find the source data in the Report Archive.

New strategic plan from Office of Disease Prevention

NIH’s Office of Disease Prevention released a new Strategic plan for 2014-2018, which charts new directions for the Office over the next five years. Developed kwith input from a variety of stakeholders, the plan includes activities to strengthen existing programs and develop new initiatives to advance the prevention research agenda at the NIH and improve the public health. You can find other NIH and interagency strategic plans on the RePORT strategic plans page.

ExPORTERExPORTER Fiscal Year 2013 updates


  • The Fiscal Year 2013 consolidated Projects and Abstracts files are now available for download
  • The FY 2012, 2011 and 2010 Projects and Abstracts data files have been refreshed to include any changes made in the past year
  • We have refreshed the consolidated Publication data and linking files for all years (1985-2013) to accommodate improved data on associated funding
To submit questions, comments, and feedback about RePORT, please email report@od.nih.gov To submit questions, comments, and feedback about RePORT, RePORT@od.nih.gov.
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