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​NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (EIA)
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The 2014 NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (EIA) (Funding Opportunity Announcement) was published in August 2013. The EIA, funded through the NIH Common Fund, provides an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research position at a “host” institution, essentially skipping the postdoctoral training period following completion of the graduate degree or clinical residency. Reducing the time to independence allows highly motivated and intellectually mature individuals to begin making contributions earlier in their research career, and invigorates research institutions by providing a means to recruit outstanding, early career scientists. Each institution (as defined by a unique DUNS number) may submit only up to two applications in response to this funding opportunity announcement. In order to apply for the EIA award, potential EIA candidates must “matchup” with an institution that is willing to submit an application on their behalf and host them as an EIA recipient. The NIH has developed this web resource to facilitate the “matching” process between host institutions and potential EIA candidates. Participation is voluntary, and does not obligate an institution or individual to “match” via the portal, or to submit an application to the RFA.


Learn more about the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (EIA) in the archived Sept. 10, 2012 webinar  here!

Due to the October shutdown, we will not be hosting a 2013 webinar. The general information in the 2012 archived webinar is still relevant. Additionally, we have a Frequently asked Questions webpage that answers some common questions. Please feel free to send any additional questions via email to earlyindependence@mail.nih.gov.






Institutions interested in using this portal to provide information broadly to prospective candidates may do so by clicking on the link below







Click here to complete the Registration


Watch the 2011 EIA Awardees Video
NIH Director's Early Independence Award
Explore our Frequently Asked Question here.


Click here for the Participating Institutions List



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