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The ReSource - Issue 9
The ReSource - Issue 9
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—Paste in your own text to find similar research and investigators

NIH RePORTERAre you wondering which NIH institutes or centers might be interested in your research, or which study sections review work like yours? Matchmaker is our new query interface where users can submit abstracts or other scientific text to find similar projects. Matchmaker mines the terms and concepts in your text, compares those patterns to funded projects, and returns a list of 100 similar projects. You can download these or add them to a custom MyRePORTER portfolio for further analysis.

Matchmaker also automatically creates charts of the most common Study Sections, Institutes/Centers, and Activity Codes in your list of similar projects. This will help you narrow in on which study sections reviewed those projects and understand which ICs fund this similar work.


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!

Dig deeper into research publications with Data & Visualize

In our last ReSource, we announced Project Publication charts, which offered the ability to chart publications related to the projects on your hit list. Since then, we have added several new chart options and the ability to drill-down through the results. To find these tools, conduct a search to generate a hitlist, then visit the Data and Visualize tab. Now you can select “Project Publications" from the blue charting options bar, and then view publications summarized by administering Institute/Center, Calendar Year, Projects, Funding Mechanism, Activity Code, or Organization.

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Select “Project Publications” to create publication charts

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Chart publications by your selected summary option

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Drill down into a sub-set of project publications from generated tables


Next to your chart, a results table presents the raw data with hyperlinked counts of publications for each category. Clicking the link takes you to a special publications hitlist containing only the publications in the category of interest. Users can download this information in a variety of formats for further analysis.

EXTRA EXTRA Read all about it! Search for news articles about NIH-supported research

Since 2012, RePORTER has been indexing news articles that mention NIH-supported research projects. We list these on the News and More tab, which captures press releases, news articles, and other materials intended for a popular audience that are related to the projects in your hit list. This fall, we updated the Text Searchsection of our query form to add the ability to search the full text of these articles to find news releases on your preferred topics. To search, just type your text keywords into the text entry box, and check the “News” box. After clicking “Submit Query”, you’ll be taken to the News and More tab, where you’ll find the matching articles. The projects related to these news items will be listed under the search results Project Tab.

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Check the News box and enter your keywords to search for news articles

You can also combine this new search item with MyRePORTER alerts and get a notification every time there is a news article about a topic of interest, such as cardiac arrest (See our video instructions for creating a MyRePORTER account and setting alerts). After running a text search for news items that contain "cardiac arrest", click 'save query', and choose to receive updates for News Alerts ,and click Save New. Whenever there is a new article matching your query, you will receive an email that lists the new news items and provides links to more information on RePORTER.

NIH Spending Categories: Find projects that fall in more than one category

RePORTER now offers the ability to search for projects at the intersection of multiple NIH Spending Categories. Previously, multiple categories would be joined by an “OR” producing a list of projects that fell into any of the categories selected. We have added an option to join these with “AND” so that users can find any project categorized under both Aging AND Alzheimer’s.

Reporter Department selection list

Combine NIH Spending Category selections with either AND or OR

Project Officer Search

Users can now search by Program Officer name in the Project Details section of the query form. Like most text entry fields on RePORTER, users can use the percent symbol (%) to allow wildcard matching.

Project Officer Search



Special Report: How long is an R01?

Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research, investigates the duration of R01 research grants, and finds that R01 grants have generally become longer over the past 10 years. Read more about this analysis and find the source data in the Report Archive.

NIH Data Book

NIH Data Book: Trends in the fields of study for PhD recipients

The NIH Data Book should be your first stop for understanding trends in funding and the biomedical workforce. This fall, we updated data on the fields of study for recent doctoral graduates that were supported by NIH fellowships or training grants. These data are made possible through a collaboration with the National Science Foundation’s Survey of Earned Doctorates, a census of all doctoral degrees earned in the United States. A post on the RockTalk blog highlights the rising number of neuroscience degrees among recent graduates.

Other updated data slides about NIH-Supported PhD Recipients:

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