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National Institutes of Health Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT)

NIH will be retiring the weekly ExPORTER project file updates on October 1, 2021 as announced in a recent blog post. Depending on your needs, you may prefer to retrieve updated project information with the search and export features of the modernized RePORTER site, or use RePORTER’s newly enhanced API version 2.0 for a more automated, programmatic way to retrieve the same data elements as the weekly ExPORTER project files. A sample API query is provided here, which you can customize to retrieve only the subset of records of interest to you. We welcome any feedback at RePORT@mail.nih.gov.


How often are the ExPORTER files updated?

Data Refresh Schedule

Projects Weekly Current FY weekly files contain grant awards and had their Budget Start Date begin in the past week, along with projects from any other fiscal year that have been updated.
Project Abstracts Weekly Current FY weekly files contain grant awards and had their Budget Start Date begin in the past week, along with projects from any other fiscal year that have been updated.
Project Patents Weekly Entire file is refreshed.
Project Publications & Links Yearly Entire previous calendar year's publication and link files are created and posted at beginning of each year. All prior years are also updated.
Project Clinical Studies Weekly Entire file is refreshed.

NOTE: The previous fiscal year's Project file will be updated with the addition of data for NIH Spending Categories field approximately 3 weeks after the completion and release of the RCDC Categorical Spending information (following the release of the President's Budget).

Why are some of the RePORTER data different from ExPORTER?

ExPORTER files reflect RePORTER data at the time the files are created. RePORTER is updated weekly so these data can differ over time. At the end of the fiscal year the ExPORTER files for the current and past 3 fiscal years will be refreshed.

Where is the ExPORTER information drawn from?

Information is drawn from several extant databases: Patents, Publications and Clinical Trial information where NIH funded projects have been cited.
  • eRA IRDB (IMPAC II Reporting Database)
  • iEdison
  • Clinical Trials.gov
  • NIH Intramural Database (NIDB)
  • PubMed / PubMed Central data from SPIRES in IRDB

What is the unique identifier for these data?

The Project and Abstract files have the APPLICATION_ID in common.
The Publication and Link files have the PMID in common.
The Patent files have the PROJECT_ID which relates to Core_Project_Num.
The Clinical Studies relate on the Core Project Number/ Core_Project_Num.

Which agencies have information in ExPORTER?

ExPORTER contains research projects funded by:
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Veterans Affairs (VA)

Where is the PI email address?

Individual PI email addresses are available on RePORTER to facilitate collaboration and the dissemination, use, and translation of research and its results. RePORTER does not supply and will not give, sell, or otherwise transfer - these addresses to any party for the purposes of initiating, or enabling others to initiate, commercial electronic messages. Bulk email addresses are not available through RePORTER/ExPORTER.

However, contact information for grant recipients has been made available in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in the past. NIH now makes some of this contact information available in a downloadable file in the NIH FOIA Library, under the frequently requested reports at https://www.nih.gov/institutes-nih/nih-office-director/office-communications-public-liaison/freedom-information-act-office/contact-information-nih-supported-pis. Questions about the FOIA process can be directed to nihfoia@mail.nih.gov .

Why do the file sizes change so much over time?

The ExPORTER files have evolved over time in both structure and content. Some data that was not available at the time have been provided in ancillary files such as funding and DUNS information. Some fields that currently allow for multiple entries, earlier had single entries, FY 2008 and 2009 were ARRA stimulus years, Funding Mechanism did not appear in ExPORTER files until 2009, and so forth. ExPORTER files represent the information found in RePORTER at the time the file was created.

How are projects linked to Publications?

The data RePORTER and ExPORTER present on publications is integrated from multiple sources, via the NIH internal tool SPIRES, the Scientific Publication Information Retrieval and Evaluation System. SPIRES is an independent system that gathers and integrates information from PubMed, NCBI My Bibliography, and the NIH Intramural Database to link NIH projects with research publications.

The most common source of associations is publications that list NIH project numbers in the acknowledgements section or elsewhere in the publication, which are annotated by PubMed. As PubMed staff index each abstract, they annotate the PubMed records with any grants that are cited as providing support in the publication itself. These grant numbers then appear on the PubMed abstract page under the heading "Grant Support".

For publications subject to the Public Access policy, investigators are required to use the NCBI My Bibliography tool to deposit a copy of the publication with PubMed Central. When they do so, they enter the grant number for the project that supported the publication, creating a project-publication association. Therefore, older publications with newly reported grant associations will appear in the updated ExPORTER files.

Publications are associated with projects, but cannot be identified with any particular year of the project or fiscal year of funding.

How do I add papers that are missing from the 'results' page of my grant?

If the PubMed abstract of interest lists a grant number, but that publication does not appear in RePORTER for that grant, please contact us with the PubMed Identifier (PMID) and the grant number so we can investigate and resolve the issue. If the PubMed abstract of interest does not list the grant number, please contact NCBI support at info@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov for assistance.

How are projects linked to Patents?

The patent data in RePORTER and ExPORTER is associated with NIH projects via the data collected through the iEdison database, which grantee organizations use to report information relating to inventions disclosed to the funding agency. In RePORTER and ExPORTER, patents are not currently reported for funding agencies other than the NIH. Patents are associated with projects, but cannot be identified with any particular year of the project or fiscal year of funding.

Please note that the patent information in RePORTER is incomplete. RePORTER and ExPORTER only lists issued patents, and does not show patent in-progress applications. Additionally, not all recipients of NIH funding are compliant with the iEdison reporting requirements, particularly after their NIH support has ended.

How are projects linked to Clinical Studies?

The Clinical Studies included in ExPORTER have cited one or more projects in RePORTER/ExPORTER. These linkages between Clinical Studies and projects come directly from ClinicalTrials.gov, which provides RePORTER with a feed listing any grant numbers that have been entered as part of the trial registrations. Clinical Studies are associated with projects, but cannot be identified with any particular year of the project or fiscal year of funding.

Why is the cost field blank for some records?

RePORTER and ExPORTER display information reported by agencies other than the NIH, some of whom do not report funding data. Costs are only available for projects funded by NIH, CDC, FDA, and ACF.

Additionally, the content of the ExPORTER files has evolved over time to include more data elements as they became available. ExPORTER provides supplementary files with cost information for FY 1985 - FY 1999. Please click the "Updated funding and DUNS information" text to download this data.

These accessory files include data items for total costs that can be linked to the Project files using the APPLICATION_ID or FULL_PROJECT_NUM columns.

What is the difference between ExPORTER and CRISP?

The CRISP system was the predecessor to RePORTER. CRISP Legacy data files are available for download at https://exporter.nih.gov/CRISP_Catalog.aspx and include grants funded as early as FY 1970. CRISP files contain fewer data fields than ExPORTER files.

Other questions?

Email us at RePORT@od.nih.gov

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