Rehabilitation Research & Development Service (RR&D)

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Past Success Rates



SPRING 2021
Award Type Total Reviewed Total Funded Success Rate
SPiRE 76 15 20%
WINTER 2021
Award Type Total Reviewed Total Funded Success Rate
Merit Review 126 22 17%
Career Development Level 1 11 2 18%
Career Development Level 2 39 6 15%
Research Career Scientists 4 3 75%
FALL 2020
Award Type Total Reviewed Total Funded Success Rate
SPiRE 60 16 27%
SUMMMER 2020
Award Type Total Reviewed Total Funded Success Rate
Merit Review 132 23 17%
Career Development Level 1 10 10%
Career Development Level 2 33 18%
Research Career Scientists 4 0 0%

Note: Applications submitted to RR&D are reviewed through a two-tier system.

The first level of review is performed by a scientific review group (SRG) composed of scientists who have expertise in relevant scientific disciplines and current research areas. The purpose of the SRG is to evaluate the scientific and technical merit of applications. The SRG does not make funding decisions.

The second level of review is performed by RR&D, based not only on considerations of scientific merit (as judged by the SRGs), but also on the relevance of the proposed study to the mission, programs, and priorities of VA-ORD and RR&D. Final funding decisions are made at the discretion, and approval, of the Director RR&D.

The success rates presented above are based on total number of applications reviewed and the total number funded by award type.