On average, principal investigators have one to two NIH awards, writes Sally Rockey, NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research, at her Rock Talk blog. The number of award, she adds, varies a little depending on the PI's institution type; research institutes, followed by independent hospitals, tend to have slightly higher numbers of grants per PI. Rockey then zooms in on the investigators in the top 20 percent of the funding pool.

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