NIH’s New MATCHMAKER: Linking Up Other Awards That Match Your Scope of Work

Since 2008, NIH’s Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools, better known as RePORT, has provided easy access to info on NIH funded research.  With the RePort we can enter the name of our institution or investigator to find the current listing of all active NIH grants.  What if your investigator wanted to find out what other awards has ever NIH ever funded with the same science (key concepts and key words match up in the scope of work).

Now a huge advancement has been made with the latest tool from NIH called the Matchmaker.

This is the most helpful tool I have seen since the RePort database – it answers the question we are always asking what other grants are being funded and which funding announcement did they use? 

Matchmaker allows you to enter manuscript abstracts, research bios, or other scientific text, and retrieve a list of similar projects from the RePORTER database.

After you submit your text (up to 15,000 characters in length), Matchmaker will analyze it for key terms and concepts, then pull up the top 100 most-similar NIH-funded projects, ranked by match score.


You’ll notice that it also returns several graphs to allow you to easily visualize the distribution of NIH institutes or centers funding these projects, what activity codes these projects use, and which study section the project was reviewed in. You can also click on these graphs to further refine your results as well. For example, you can click on a specific activity code and see how the study section or funding IC distribution changes.

** Check out  on Youtube’s the NIH training video on this MATCHMAKER – this is so amazing and helps find funding opportunities and similarities to your proposals viz a viz what has already been funded.

Exploring NIH’s research portfolio can help you identify the best ICs to reach out to as you put together an application and where your application is likely to be reviewed. It can also help you identify collaborators, potential labs to move into if you’re a trainee, and more. Check out the video below and have fun making your match.


About Suzanne Stroud

Suzanne Stroud has volunteered as a mentor for the Research Administrators Certification Council in NY to help other research administrators prepare for the CRA, CPRA and CFRA exams. You may contact Suzanne if you are preparing to study for these exams or will setup study groups.

Posted on February 7, 2015, in Certified Research Administrator Credentials/Exams. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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