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Funding Trends of R01, R37, and R56 Applications

Funding of R01, R37, and R56 Applications

NIDCR supports a varied range of programs and grant mechanisms and is committed to funding as many meritorious projects as possible, while allowing the flexibility needed to support selected program priorities and respond to emerging scientific opportunities.

Submitted applications undergo peer review and all receive a priority score, which is a measure of scientific and technical merit. Most priority scores are converted to a percentile score. R01 applications are funded based on merit, new and emerging scientific opportunities, Institute priorities, and other relevant factors, such as our commitment to support early and new stage investigators. Based on recommendations by NIDCR staff and the concurrence of the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Council, a subset of R01 applications are converted into R37 Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) awards or R56 high-priority, short-term awards. 

A graph showing the number of competing NIDCR R01, R37, and R56 applications and awards by scientific and technical merit scores in fiscal years 2014-2016. ​​

Award status for all competing NIDCR R01 applications in Fiscal Years 2014-2016. Blue bars: R01 and R37 awards; pink bars: high-priority, short-term R56 awards; green bars: not awarded R01 applications. Because R56 awards are for a shorter period of research support, they are shown separately. 

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This page last updated: May 24, 2017