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NCI Full Year Funding Policy for RPG Awards FY 2024


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In FY 2024, decisions on competing grants will continue to be based on review of individual applications. Peer review evaluation of scientific merit will remain the primary consideration in these funding decisions, which will be made by the NCI Senior Executive Committee (SEC) following discussions with program staff. The SEC will continue its efforts to support early career investigators and give special consideration to applications that fill a significant gap in the cancer research portfolio or propose an especially novel or promising scientific approach.


NCI will generally fund both categorical and SNAP non-competing grants at 95% of the committed level. This policy applies to all grants, with the exception of the NRSAs, Career, Cancer Education, Continuing Education, P30 Cancer Centers, Conference, AIDS related grants, International Research Training Grants, Small Grants, Research Specialist, Pathway to Independence, SBIR, and STTR awards, which will be funded at committed levels. Non-competing grants that were awarded under the continuing resolution policy will be revised accordingly.


Traditional Research Grants - Experienced and New Investigator (R01) & Exploratory Development Grants (R21s)

Most Traditional (R01) Experienced and New Investigator applications with scores up to and including the 10th percentile and Exploratory Development (R21) applications with scores up to and including the 10th percentile will be funded without additional review. Final funding decisions on individual grants within this range are based on review of the applications by NCI program staff and grants management specialists and the negotiation of awards. Applications with higher scores require NCI division and SEC approval before final funding decisions are made. Information on the outcomes of grant selections from recent years can be viewed at: Awards of R01 and R21 Grants.

Early Stage Investigators (ESIs)

NCI is strongly committed to supporting early stage investigators (ESIs) and will place special emphasis on supporting these applicants. Most Traditional R01 selections submitted by ESIs with scores up to the 17th percentile will be funded without additional evaluation. Eligible ESI applications within the regular R01 payline of the 10th percentile will be considered for conversion to the R37 Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Awards: Merit R37 Conversion notice. Traditional R01 applications submitted by New Investigators who are not ESIs will generally be funded up to the 10th percentile (same payline as the more experienced investigators). Current definitions and additional information regarding New and Early Stage Investigators can be found on the NIH's Office of Extramural Research website at: New Stage and Early Established Investigator Policies.

Program Projects (P01s)

All P01 applications will be individually evaluated for funding selection.

Small Grants (R03s) & AREA Grants (R15)

Small (R03) and AREA (R15) grant applications with scores up to and including 25 will likely be funded with no policy reductions. Applications with higher scores may be individually selected for funding depending on the availability of funds.

Large Dollar Amount R01s

All R01 applications with direct costs over $1,000,000 will be individually reviewed for funding selection.

Request for Applications (RFA)

RFA applications are considered for funding by the SEC. Success rates for RFAs will depend on the scientific merit and programmatic priority of each application, the number of applications submitted, and the amount of funds available. NCI does not consider it obligatory to use all funds set aside for any RFA. Please contact the program director listed on your summary statement if you have questions.

Competing RPG Funding Policy Reductions

NCI Full Year Funding Policy for RPG Awards FY 2024 (PDF version)

Funding Policy for RPG Award Archive FY 2023-2010

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