NIH grant success rates have dropped to an "all-time low" in 2011, reports ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser. An early estimate from the NIH Office of Extramural Research puts the success rate at 17.4 percent for the 2011 fiscal year, which ended September 30, Kaiser says. Sally Rockey, the head of the OER, confirmed the number, but tells Kaiser that it might go up a bit after her staff finishes analyzing all the data. The success rates peaked at 32 percent when the NIH budget was doubled from 1999 to 2003. This is the first time it has dipped below 20 percent, Kaiser says, and adds that this "historic low" reflects the 1 percent budget cut NIH received in 2011, which was only the agency's second reduction since 1970.
Not So Successful
Oct 10, 2011