High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program

NIH Director's Early Independence Award

NIH Director's Early Independence Award

Part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the award supports outstanding junior scientists with the intellect, scientific creativity, drive, and maturity to flourish independently by bypassing the traditional post-doctoral training period.

  • Must complete doctoral degree or medical residency between June 1, 2016 and September 30, 2018
  • Must be in non-independent research position at time of application
  • Single PI only
  • Requires significant institutional support
  • Preliminary data not required
  • $250,000 direct costs per year for up to 5 years
  • Minimum of 80% research effort in first 2 years
  • 3-5 Letters of Reference required

Awardee Spotlight - Gabriel Victora (2012 Awardee)

Application Information

Funding Opportunities
FY 2018

Closed September 22, 2017

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This page last reviewed on February 16, 2018