RPG Success Rates and Payline

RPG Success Rates and Payline

Payline vs Success Rate

The graph below shows the NINDS success rate for research project grants (RPGs).  In FY2020, NINDS anticipates a success rate of approximately 23% (including applications / awards submitted to the BRAIN and HEAL Initiatives).  In contrast, a payline is a funding cutoff that is used to fund percentiled, unsolicited applications (R01, R03, R15, R21).  At NINDS, a payline is established for the Fiscal Year, and applications within these paylines will be funded with rare, NANDS Council-approved exceptions.  In FY2020, the payline has been set at the 16th percentile. Please note that success rates are typically higher than paylines and are a better indicator than paylines of the percentage of applications we are funding. Please read this post to understand the difference between paylines and success rates.