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The ReSource - Issue 6
The ReSource - Issue 6
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.

RePORTER – RePORT Expenditures and Results Fiscal Year 2012 Announcements

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FY2012 NIH Data Book released

The federal fiscal year 2012 (FY2012) closed in September and the NIH and RePORT team have summarized information about extramural research in FY2012.

The FY 2012 version of the NIH Data Book has been updated Data and Charts is now available, and includes over 80 updated charts in the categories below.

  • 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 FY2012 highlights and learn more about success rates and paylines.

Current and historical versions of the NIH Data Book are available at https://report.nih.gov/nihdatabook/index.aspx.


Summary of other Fiscal Year 2012 updates
  • Our NIH Success Rates page has many spreadsheets to help you understand the success rates of different funding mechanisms and activities. We also have tools that allow you to explore success rates by Institute or Center (FY1997-2012) or by Type and Activity Code
  • Awards by Location now uses frozen FY2012 data
  • NIH Budget and Spending page with FY2012 reports on Research Grants and Contracts are now available
  • Funding Facts has been updated with Fiscal Year 2012 application, award, and success rate data.
  • Many new reports are available on Report Catalog, searchable by using the fiscal year selector for 2012
  • ExPORTER data files for 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009 are now available from the ExPORTER data catalog (see below for more information)


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Awards by Location Updates

Direct and indirect cost breakdowns now available

Starting with data from FY 2012, Awards by Location now presents Total Costs, Direct Costs, and Indirect costs for most awards under the data tab. Cost breakdowns are not available for SBIR or STTR awards.

More options for sorting the organization list

Under the By Organization tab, you can now “Group by System / Main Campus,” which groups affiliated institutions such as health care systems, university systems, and multi-component research universities.

These groups will sort as a unit by their funding, number of awards, and the parent organization’s location.

Sorting Unit

The Organization tab also now has sortable columns for City, State, and Country to help focus in on organizations important to you.

Organization Tab


Find your study section in our new alphabetical list or by category

Curious about what study section might be right for your research, or what interesting projects are being funded in your area of science? RePORTER’s query form offers the dy Section field, which helps you find funded projects that were reviewed in particular study sections. We now offer two ways to find your study section of interest. Our alphabetical list makes it easier to find the section if you know the name of the section. We also offer a categorized list, which groups similar panels together to make it easier to find related panels. These categories are based on how NIH groups these study sections together into larger groups called Integrated Review Groups (IRGs). More information on study section codes and rosters of current study sections can be found at https://www.csr.nih.gov/Committees/rosterindex.asp.



Synonyms to your search terms now highlighted in returned projects

RePORTER offers powerful tools to find keywords in project descriptions, public health relevance statements, and among project terms. In addition to your terms, these tools also expand the search based on synonyms to your terms. To help you quickly understand why certain projects matched your search, the Description page now highlights the synonyms to your search terms in bold italicized text. For instance, after doing a search for “lung” we find the project below, where the primary search term “lung” has been highlighted in bold text, and a synonym “pulmonary” has been highlighted in bold and italicized text.

Reporter Tabs


New annotations for publications that are associated with registered clinical trials

In the United States, many types of clinical trials are required to register with ClinicalTrials.gov, and many journals require inclusion of a clinical trial registration number in any submitted articles that describe the results of clinical research. RePORTER now displays an annotation to any such articles that are returned in the “Publications” tab of the results page. This new annotation supplements the information already available in the “Clinical Studies” tab of the results page, where RePORTER presents the NIH awards cited in the clinical trial registration.


Direct and indirect cost breakdowns now available in RePORTER

As described above for Awards by Location and starting with data from FY 2012, RePORTER now presents Total Costs, Direct Costs, and Indirect costs on the Project Details tab for most awards.  Cost breakdowns are not available for SBIR or STTR awards.

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Institutions can now link their scientists’ RePORTER records to their own websites

NIH RePORTER is the electronic tool that allows the public to search through NIH-funded research projects and access publications and patents resulting from NIH funding. Since 2011, RePORTER has provided the opportunity for principal investigators (PIs) to add links from RePORTER to their faculty page, professional profile, biosketch, and/or lab website, allowing others to learn more about their research [Instructions].

Now, institutions can provide these links on behalf of their scientists in bulk format. In the first such partnership, Boston University and Boston Medical Center provided hundreds of links to BU Profiles, a publically accessible software tool, based on Harvard Catalyst Profiles, that supports research networking and expertise searches. BU Profiles was sponsored by the BU Clinical and Translational Science Institute (BU CTSI), part of the national consortium of medical research institutions supported by the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards program. These links are added to RePORTER by matching institutional email addresses to administrative grant and contract records here at the NIH.

Thousands of users search RePORTER every day and searching by name is one of the most popular queries. By adding information to PI Profiles on RePORTER, scientists and their home institutions can make it easier for the public to learn more about the people and places that carry out NIH-funded research. Representatives of organizations interested in establishing links between RePORTER and their investigators’ webpages can contact us at RePORT@mail.nih.gov.

Add bibliographies to your PI profile links

NIH Principal Investigators can now annotate their RePORTER PI profile links with links to reference lists of their published articles. Any valid web address can be entered, whether a webpage on your own website or one created using the NCBI My Bibliography reference tool. (You may already be using this reference tool because of its special features to support NIH-funded investigators in complying with the NIH Public Access Policy. The NCBI Bookshelf has more information about NCBI My Bibliography.) Add a bibliography today by finding one of your funded projects, clicking your name, and adding your link.

Special Reports Icon Newly Released Reports
Does your academic training destine your choice of research subject?

Scientific urban myths suggest that only PhDs conduct basic research and that MDs are required to conduct research with human subjects. Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research, examines the relationship of academic degree and choice of research subjects on the RockTalk blog. Read more on this analysis, and find the source data in the Report Archive.


NIH’s Small Business Technology Transfer program: Applications, awards, and total funding, by organization type and phase

This new report on our Budget & Spending page provides statistics on awards made through NIH’s Small Business Technology Transfer program (STTR). Download it today. We also provide similar statistics for our Small Business Innovation Research program in the existing report SBIR: Applications, awards, and total funding, by organization type and phase. These reports are updated after the close of each fiscal year.


NIH releases report on NIH support of research on health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals

As announced by the NIH Director, the NIH released on January 4, 2013 a report from its LGBT Research Coordinating Committee which analyzed the NIH research portfolio and identified gaps and areas of opportunity for NIH in the area of the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Read more in their published report: Consideration of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Individuals.


Fiscal Year 2012 updates

ExPORTER provides downloadable versions of the data accessed through the RePORT Expenditures and Results (RePORTER) interface available to the public. As part of our yearly refresh and consolidation of these data, several enhancements have been made to the NIH site:

  • The Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 consolidated Projects and Abstracts files are now available for download
  • The FY 2011, 2010 and 2009 Projects and Abstracts data files have been refreshed to include any changes
  • The consolidated 2012 Publication data and linking files are now available for download

New for FY2013: Funding mechanism

We now include a new field, Funding Mechanism, to the project files for fiscal years 2009-2013. These follow the same definitions used in the President’s Budget request for NIH and on RePORTER. To accommodate this change, please plan to update your systems. Previous year files will remain unchanged.


Celebrating 5 years of RePORT

The Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT) Sorting Unit website launched five years ago on February 29, 2008. Originally a listing of downloadable reports, RePORT is now a collection of interactive tools and customizable reports. The RePORT team thanks you for visiting the site, and looks forward to building the tools you need to understand the portfolio of NIH funded research.

Here’s a look back at some major strides of RePORT:

  • February 29, 2008: Launch
  • October 2008: Release of interactive NIH Data BookSorting Unit
  • January 2009: Release of Categorical Spending (RCDC) page, with estimates of funding for various diseases, conditions, and research areas
  • March 2009: Release of NIH Awards by State and Congressional District, which included RePORT’s first interactive Google map with geocoded institutions and drill-down capability
  • June 2009: Release of RePORTER (RePORT Expenditures and Results) which provided a powerful interface to find NIH funding (expenditures) for each project and the publications and patents that have acknowledged support from each project (results)
  • January 2010: NIH releases Recovery Act Investment Reports, highlighting investments in biomedical research topics made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
  • May 2010: First data visualizations added to RePORTER, including bar, pie, and line charts
  • June 2010: Launch of Awards by Location, combining three previous resources into an interface that allows filtering by Fiscal Year, Institute or Center, State or Foreign Site, and Organization Type and Name
  • June 2010: ReleaseJune 2010: Release of MyRePORTER, allowing users to save and manage their queries
  • November 2010: ExPORTER finalized, providing full data downloads for all NIH data from 1985-present
  • November 23, 2010: NIH Fact Sheets Launched on RePORT, providing information on numerous diseases and conditions affecting the nation’s health https://report.nih.gov/nihfactsheets/
  • January 2011: RePORTER adds MyRePORTER email alerts, PI Profile Links and ClinicalTrials.gov integration
  • April 2011: Launch of NIH ARRA Web Portal (https://recovery.nih.gov/), built on the RePORT foundation
  • November 2011: Interactive maps and publication queries added to RePORTER
  • April 2012: Circles interactive data visualization added to RePORTER
  • September 2012: Re-launched Funding Facts with Natural Language User interface
  • October 2012: Video tutorials created for some of RePORT’s most popular features (https://report.nih.gov/tutorial/webinars.aspx)
  • February 2013: Direct and indirect cost information for NIH funded projects added to RePORTER and Awards by Location

Number of unique RePORT users each month:


(Note: In late 2012, RePORT implemented new procedures to more effectively eliminate automatic “scraping” of the RePORT website.)

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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