In Figure 3.27 below, the upper panels show the percentages of First-Time RPG applicants whose initial application in that fiscal year was not funded, but who re-applied for NIH RPGs in subsequent years. This analysis shows that a high percentage of the physician-scientist workforce persists in applying for NIH RPGs despite an unsuccessful first attempt.
The lower panels show the percentages of first time awardees by fiscal year who re-applied for NIH RPGs in subsequent years. Receipt of an NIH award slightly increased the persistence of the physician-scientists, as a higher percentage of awardees reapplied in later years compared to unsuccessful applicants
Interestingly, MD/PhDs were generally more persistent than MDs (75.9 percent of male MD/PhD applicants in 2012 persisted compared to 67.1 percent of male MD applicants). There did not appear to be significant differences in persistence by gender.