NIH FY23 Application, Award, and Success Rates

By Bouvier Grant Group

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NIH shared Federal Year 2023 (FY23: October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023) data of application, award, and success rates. NIH awarded 58,951 grants. This includes competing and non-competing awards but excludes contracts. The amount represents a 1% increase from FY22. In terms of dollars, NIH awarded $34.9 billion in competing and non-competing grant awards, a 4.7% increase from FY22. The $34.9 billion represents 73.1% of its $47.7 billion total appropriation for FY23. (The rest of the NIH budget goes to contract awards, intramural research, administration, and other areas of NIH such as communications, policy, legislative offices, etc.)

The number of research project grant (RPG) applications decreased by 4.9% from FY22. The number of new or renewal RPG awards decreased from FY22 by 2.3%. However, the success rate of RPG applications increased by 2.8% and the average size of RPG awards increased by 2.9%.

Similarly, the number of R01-equivalent grant applications decreased by 3.1% from FY22 and the number of new or renewal R01-equivalent awards decreased by 2.9% from FY22. Success rates for R01-equivalent awards increased by 0.3% and the award size increased by 2.7%.

The post ( has more information including FY22 and FY23 values for each data point tracked.

Dr. Meg Bouvier

Margaret Bouvier received her PhD in 1995 in Biomedical Sciences from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. After an NINDS post-doctoral fellowship, she worked as a staff writer for long-standing NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins in the Office of Press, Policy, and Communications for the Human Genome Project and NHGRI. Since 2007, Meg has specialized in editing and advising on NIH submissions, and began offering virtual courses in 2015. She's recently worked with more than 40% of the nation's highest-performing hospitals*, four of the top 10 cancer hospitals, three of the top five medical schools for research, and 14 NCI-designated cancer centers. Her experience at NIH as both a bench scientist and staff writer greatly informs her approach to NIH grantwriting. She has helped clients land over half a billion in federal funding. Bouvier Grant Group is a woman-owned small business.

*Our clients include 9 of the top 22 hospitals as recognized by the 2023/24 US News & World Report honor roll

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