Rehabilitation Research & Development Service (RR&D)

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Past Success Rates



SUMMER 2017
Award Type Total Reviewed Total Funded Success Rate
Merit Review 171 22 13%
Career Development Level 1 15 3 20%
Career Development Level 2 25 6 24%
Research Career Scientists 3 0 0%
SPRING 2017
Award Type Total Reviewed Total Funded Success Rate
SPiRE 64 11 17%
WINTER 2017
Award Type Total Reviewed Total Funded Success Rate
Merit Review 165 23 14%
Career Development Level 1 20 2 10%
Career Development Level 2 25 5 20%
Research Career Scientists 5 2 40%
FALL 2016
Award Type Total Reviewed Total Funded Success Rate
SPiRE 102 10 10%
SUMMER 2016
Award Type Total Reviewed Total Funded Success Rate
Merit Review 168 22 13%
Career Development Level 1 13 4 31%
Career Development Level 2 25 5 20%
Research Career Scientists 5 3 60%

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.