Part of the Common Fund's High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the NIH Director's Early Independence Award supports exceptional early career scientists with the intellect, scientific creativity, drive, and maturity to flourish independently by bypassing the traditional post-doctoral training period.
Off-Switch Discovered for CRISPR-Cas9 Gene-Editing
Joseph Bondy-Denomy, a 2015 Early Independence awardee, discovered a way to turn off CRISPR-Cas9 using newly identified “anti-CRISPR” proteins that can improve gene-editing accuracy or prevent gene-editing from happening.
Celebrity Endorsement of Unhealthy Food and Drinks
Marie Bragg, a 2015 Early Independence awardee, found music celebrities popular among adolescents tend to endorse unhealthy food and beverages. With the rise of obesity, celebrity endorsement of unhealthy foods can send the wrong message to youth.
The Office of the Director in partnership with
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
- National Cancer Institute
- National Eye Institute
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- National Human Genome Research Institute
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
- National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
- National Institute of General Medical Sciences
- National Institute of Mental Health
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- National Institute on Aging
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
- National Library of Medicine
|• Complete terminal doctoral degree or clinical residency between June 1, 2016 and September 30, 2018
• In non-independent position at time of application
• Requires proposal & interview
• Requires 3-5 Letters of Reference
• Need support & commitment of host institution
• Awards up to $250K per year for 5 years
• More information
Due: September 22, 2017
New funding opportunity (RFA-RM-17-008) available for 2018 NIH Director's Early Independence Award! The eligibility window has been expanded: Applicant's terminal doctoral degree or clinical residency must be completed between June 1, 2016 and September 30, 2018. Applications are due by September 22, 2017.
Daniel Giovenco (2016) Addresses the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on Health Effects of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems
Terence Gade Awarded the Gary J. Becker Young Investigator Award
Congratulations to Terence Gade, a 2015 awardee, for being awarded the Gary J. Becker Young Investigator Award from the Society for Interventional Radiology. The award recognizes promising young practitioners to encourage the pursuit of academic careers.