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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.


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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.

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Hospitals and Opioid Prescriptions

Anupam Jena, a 2013 Early Independence awardee, found new opioid use following hospitalization is common with 42.5 percent of patients filling additional prescriptions within 90 days. With the rise in drug overdoses, improvement in opioid prescription practices is urgently needed.

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Application Information

Hand filling out form •  Within 12 months of terminal research degree
•  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
Application Status
FY 2017 RFA-RM-16-006

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2017 PECASEWhite House Press ReleaseGregory AlushinManish AroraChristine HendonMichael McAlpine

Congratulations to the 2017 PECASE recipients for their High-Risk, High-Reward Research projects! High-Risk High-Reward Research awardees who received PECASE awards for research projects supported by other agencies include Aaron Esser-Kahn (New Innovator), Ahmad Khalil (New Innovator), Elizabeth Nolan (New Innovator) and Harris Wang (Early Independence awardee).

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