Welcome! In this tutorial, we will highlight major features of the Report Catalog.
The Catalog is a searchable, historical repository of hundreds of reports on NIH-funded research.
The Report Catalog can be accessed by clicking the icon below the
RePORT image carousel or in the Quick Links section of the home page.
There are two ways to search the Report Catalog.
The first is by applying a series of filters to narrow your
search to a manageable number of reports from among the hundreds available.
To begin, select a topic. Among the more popular topics covered
by the repository is information on grant applications and awards,
the investigators that NIH supports, the organizations funded by NIH,
the success rates of grant applications, and the trainees that NIH supports.
You can further narrow the search to reports related to a specific institute or center.
Note the distinction between
"All Institutes and Centers" and "All NIH (Aggregate)."
If "All Institutes and Centers" is selected,
no filter is applied to the database
and you will find all reports, regardless of whether they pertain to NIH
as a whole or any of its institutes and centers.
If you're interested only in NIH-wide information
not specific to an institute or center, select "All NIH (Aggregate)" instead.
Reports can also be filtered by the NIH portfolio of interest:
extramural research programs, intramural research programs,
or non-research funding, such as construction.
Currently, most of the reports in the database
are related to NIH extramural research programs.
You also can find reports specific to a particular funding mechanism and activity code.
For those reports containing data tables or charts, the "Variables"
filter lets you select the columns or rows by which the data in the report are presented.
For example, some reports provide grants data broken down
by whether the research was solicited through an RFA,
or by activity code, career stage of the investigator,
or fiscal year.
The question mark to the right of the variables filter
provides more information on what these variables mean.
And finally, you can select reports specific to a year.
When it's relevant, this will refer to the fiscal year of funding covered by the report.
For reports of a more general nature, where fiscal year of
funding isn't appropriate, it will be the year in which the report was published.
The second way to search is to simply click on a simplified graphic representation
of how NIH's grant,contract,
and intramural programs are organized into portfolios,
funding mechanisms, and activity codes.
For example, you can simply click on "Career Awards" to find
all reports related to NIH's Research Career Development Awards (or "K awards"),
or click on an activity code to find all
reports with information specific to that type of grant.
Now we'll lead you through a simple search using the filters.
Let's say that you're interested in finding a ten-year historical
trend in the success rates of R01 applications submitted by new investigators.
Begin by selecting "Success Rates" from the list of topics.
Then, select R01 from the list of activity codes,
and specify "Career Stage" as one of the variables of interest.
Finally, select the year of interest;
because we're interested in at least a 10-year trend,
we can filter reports to only those that contain information
from at least 10 years ago.
When the "Search" button is clicked, five records
are found that match the query. The columns of this list include:
the title of each report,
the topics included in the report (note, for example, that this one
includes not only success rates, but numbers of applications, awards, and funded investigators),
the variables by which information is presented in the report including,
of course, "Career Stage," which we specified, but also any other variables used to organize the data,
the period covered by the report, shown by the beginning and end year
(and note that all of these reports span 2002, as specified in the query),
and the format of the report. The database contains Excel spreadsheets,
Powerpoint slides, Word documents, PDF files, links to web sites, and CSV files.
Most of the reports in the hit list are outdated and might be of
historical interest, but this one provides success rates through fiscal year 2011.
Clicking the carat in the first column of a listing shows more
detailed information on the ICs, portfolios, mechanisms, and activities included in each report.
To view the report, simply click on "View Report."
The icon tells us that we will be taken to a website-in
this case a page in the NIH Data Book on RePORT showing
success rates of new R01-equivalent applications submitted
by both first-time and established NIH investigators.
Finally, you may notice that some records have an asterisk in the first column.
The asterisk indicates that a more recent version
of the report has been released, which also can be found in the Catalog.
This concludes the Report Catalog Tutorial. If you have any questions or comments
on the Report Catalog, please address them to RePORT@mail.nih.gov.