In response to comments on my recent post, I have examined the IC distribution of both numbers of publications and "high profile" publications prior to receiving the K99 award as a function of the funding institute or center. Recall that my analysis included only those K99 awardees who went on to receive an R00 award and for whom the investigator's name was unambiguous enough to allow relatively reliable retrieval of publications from PubMed. For several investigators, name changes had occurred over the period examined and these were accounted for where possible through web searches. The analysis reflects 135 K99 awardees out of the total of 182 K99 awardees for FY2007.
The numbers of publications by each investigator (black dots) organized by the funding IC along with the median for each IC (red bars) are shown below:
No dramatic trends are observed although, given that the number of K99 awardees per IC ranges from 1 to 20 with typical numbers less than 10, the sample sizes are too small to support any robust conclusions.
The numbers of K99 awardees with very high profile (Cell, Nature, Science, or NEJM) or high profile publications for each IC are tabulated below:
|IC||Total||C, N, S, NEJM||Other high profile pub|
Here, more striking trends are apparent with all 13 analyzed awardees from NCI having a high profile publication in or prior to 2007. Similar results are observed for other large ICs (e.g. NIAID, 6/7; NHLBI, 10/20; NIGMS, 7/11). This supports the notion that a record of one or more high profile publication was very important for receiving a K99 award from some ICs or in some fields.