While many think that R21’s are easier to get than R01’s, since fewer researchers compete for them and they require no preliminary data, in fact R21’s are more competitive than R01’s by several percentage points.  NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research Dr. Sally Rockey shows how much so in the following table:

Read Dr. Rockey’s commentary on these trends at Rock Talk.

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