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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.

NIH RePORTER Try our freshly redesigned RePORTER query form

April showers brought May flowers and a refreshing change to the RePORTER query interface. RePORTER began four years ago with the proven interface from CRISP, an earlier tool for searching for NIH projects. After years of continuous adjustments and improvements, we took this opportunity to take a fresh look at the design and organization of the RePORTER query interface.

Reporter layout

A simpler layout, with frequently used fields near the top

We started by organizing search parameters into four logical groups: Research Performer, Text Search, Project Details, and Additional Filters. Next, we analyzed queries to identify the most common searches, and moved the most frequently used parameters towards the top of the page. Finally, selection lists are now embedded into the page and slide open and closed, instead of appearing as pop-up windows (though Organizations and Study Sections still are pop-up windows because of the size of these lists).

Reporter Department selection list

The Department selection list highlights the new drop-down selection lists

Other enhancements to the query form

Find awards to particular types of organizations

In the Organization field under Researcher and Organization, users can now target their searches to organizations that are domestic for-profits, research institutes, independent hospitals, higher education institutions, or other non-profits not included in the above categories. You can still search by the many types of higher educational institutions, such as schools of dentistry, medicine, or pharmacology.

Search by application identifiers

Users can now search by the seven-digit "application IDs" used in RePORTER in the Project Number field under Project Details. Up to 1,000 IDs can be entered by clicking on the hyperlink below the Project Number entry field.

Keep up to date on projects with enhancements to News & More

The  News and More captures press releases, news articles, and other materials intended for a popular audience that are related to the projects in your hit list. Since spring, we’ve added new sections for ARRA Impact Reports; NIH Research Matters, an NIH news service; and more press release data from NIH institutes and centers and a news release service, Newswise.

Peer into your search results with new additions to Data & Visualize

Summarize publications by year or IC

From the Data and Visualize tab, users can select “Project Publications" from the blue bar with charting options, and then view publications, summarized by either publication calendar year or by the institute/center that administered the project.

Creating Publications charts

Select “Project Publications” to create publication charts

Chart Publications by year

Chart publications by year

RePORTER Circles on mobile

Explore research concepts with Circles On The Go!

Since we released Circles for RePORTER last year, we continue to hear from users that they love exploring NIH awards in this way. Now users of mobile devices can explore these on the go.

Available under  Data and Visualize on the hitlist page, this preview version of Circles is optimized for use on small screen devices that typically lack the Adobe Flash plug-in, such as iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.  This mobile version focuses on the visualization of terms and concepts.

RePORTER Circles on a mobile device


New alerts for portfolios and saved queries

Publication alerts for portfolios MyRePORTER portfolios allow you to gather up funded projects and track them over time. You can now receive an email anytime RePORTER learns of a new publication that acknowledges support from projects in your portfolio. To start receiving these alerts, users can log into MyRePORTER, and click the "Publication Alerts" checkbox for each portfolio. Alert emails will arrive weekly when new publications are available.

News Alerts are now available for saved queries in MyRePORTER

Like Project & Publication Alerts, you can receive an email anytime a new press release is added that acknowledges support from projects matching your search criteria saved in MyRePORTER. Sign up for these alerts in MyRePORTER today, and receive updates weekly when new press releases or articles are available.

Upload a file of project numbers in MyRePORTER to create your hitlist

Users can now create a custom hit list or portfolio by uploading a file with Application IDs or fully specified project numbers. Simply log into MyRePORTER, select “custom hitlist”, and upload your CSV containing a column of application IDs or project numbers. This can be a handy way to import your custom portfolios of NIH projects from other tools.

RePORT Updates

NIH Data Book2012 NIH Data Book: Updated biomedical workforce data on graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and career outcomes for NIH-supported Ph.D. recipients

The NIH Data Book  is your source for 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. Since the first release of the 2012 version last December, we’ve published new charts describing the distribution of graduate students and post-doctorates across the Biomedical, Behavioral, Social, and Clinical Sciences. These reports are based on NIH data and data gathered through the NSF-NIH Survey of Graduate Students and Post-doctorates in Science and Engineering. Current and historical versions of the NIH Data Book are available at https://report.nih.gov/nihdatabook/index.aspx

ARRA Impact Reports

ARRA Impact Reports: Research investments continue to pay dividends

As part of the Recovery Act (FY2009-2010), NIH directed the investment of $10.4 billion towards transformative research, support of the biomedical workforce, and select ongoing projects. The recently released NIH Impact Reports https://report.nih.gov/recovery/impactreports/ describe how NIH-funded investigators have used ARRA funds to advance science, train scientists, enrich science education, and improve the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases.


Biennial Report of the NIH Director, Fiscal Years 2010-2011

Every two years, the NIH reports to the Congress on the structure and polices of the NIH, the nature of its investments, and research in particular diseases, disorders, and health conditions. This document serves as an important reference for the many activities NIH carries out. Read more at https://www.report.nih.gov/biennialreport/

Other Newly Added Reports

Other newly added reports

Categorical Spending data released for FY2012

Each spring, coincident with the release of the President’s Budget, the NIH releases data on spending across several categories. FY2012 data were released in April 2013 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, and the 2012 ExPORTER files also include these new annotations.

Report on NIH Collaborations with Other HHS Agencies for FY 2012 now available

The NIH’s collaborative efforts with other HHS agencies are a critical component of the HHS mission to protect the health of all Americans and provide essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The results of these efforts can be found in the Report on NIH Collaborations with Other HHS Agencies for FY 2012, now accessible directly from the Reports section at https://report.nih.gov/reports.aspx

More on more applicants: are applicants applying more frequently?

In a follow-up post to a previous discussion about more applications and more applicants, Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research, presents some data that suggests some applicants are applying for NIH grants more frequently than in the past, which contributes to the increased number of applications the NIH receives.  Read more about this analysis and find the source data in the Report Archive.

More applications… but how many research institutions?

In another follow-up on the rise in number of applications, Dr. Rockey examines the change in the number of research institutions, and notes differences in the number of institutions applying for R01 grants as compared to Research Project Grants. Read more about this analysis, and find the source data in the Report Archive.

Understanding the changes in the Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) program

The NIH Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) program is designed to facilitate a timely transition from a mentored postdoctoral research position to a stable independent research position. Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research, discusses some recent changes to the program and examines how early applicants are applying, and how often unsuccessful applicants submit a revised application for this program. Read more on this analysis and find the source data in the Report Archive.

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