Association of percentile ranking with citation impact and productivity in a large cohort of de novo NIMH-funded R01 grants

Mol Psychiatry. 2015 Sep;20(9):1030-6. doi: 10.1038/mp.2015.71. Epub 2015 Jun 2.


Previous reports from National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation have suggested that peer review scores of funded grants bear no association with grant citation impact and productivity. This lack of association, if true, may be particularly concerning during times of increasing competition for increasingly limited funds. We analyzed the citation impact and productivity for 1755 de novo investigator-initiated R01 grants funded for at least 2 years by National Institute of Mental Health between 2000 and 2009. Consistent with previous reports, we found no association between grant percentile ranking and subsequent productivity and citation impact, even after accounting for subject categories, years of publication, duration and amounts of funding, as well as a number of investigator-specific measures. Prior investigator funding and academic productivity were moderately strong predictors of grant citation impact.

MeSH terms

  • Cohort Studies
  • Humans
  • Journal Impact Factor*
  • National Institute of Mental Health (U.S.)
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
  • Peer Review, Research*
  • United States