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HRHR 2014 Symposium

NEW! You are invited to the HRHR 2014 Symposium being held December 15-17, 2014 in the Natcher Auditorium of the Natcher Conference Center, on the NIH campus. Register for the HRHR 2014 Symposium by November 24, 2014Exit Disclaimer

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Award Announcement

NEW! 2014 High Risk-High Reward Research Awards Announced!  

The NIH has announced 85 awards to support exceptional innovation in biomedical research. In 2014, the NIH is awarding 10 Pioneer Awards, 50 New Innovator Awards, 8 Transformative Research Awards, and 17 Early Independence Awards. The total funding, which represents contributions from the NIH Common Fund and multiple NIH institutes and centers, is approximately $141 million. Read the press release here.​

Single animal to human transmission event responsible for 2014 Ebola outbreak

Dr. Pardis Sabeti, senior associate member of the Broad Institute, led an extensive analysis of the genetic makeup of Ebola samples from patients living in affected regions. The international team of scientists used advanced technology to analyze the genetics of the Ebola samples extremely rapidly and were able to pinpoint a single animal human transmission event.

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Program Description

NIH Director's New Innovator Award

The NIH Director's New Innovator Award addresses two important goals: stimulating highly innovative research and supporting promising new investigators. Many new investigators have exceptionally innovative research ideas, but not the preliminary data required to fare well in the traditional NIH peer review system. As part of NIH's commitment to increasing opportunities for new scientists, it has created the NIH Director's New Innovator Award to support exceptionally creative new investigators who propose highly innovative projects that have the potential for unusually high impact. This award complements ongoing efforts by NIH and its institutes and centers to fund new investigators through R01 grants and other mechanisms.

The NIH Director's New Innovator Award program is different from traditional NIH grants in several ways. It is designed specifically to support unusually creative new investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career when they may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant. The emphasis is on innovation and creativity; preliminary data are not required, but may be included. No detailed, annual budget is requested in the application. The procedure for evaluating applicants' qualifications is distinct from the traditional NIH peer review “study section” process and will emphasize the individual’s creativity, the innovativeness of the research approaches, and the potential of the project, if successful, to have a significant impact on an important biomedical or behavioral research problem.


For more information about the New Innovator Award program, see the Frequently Asked Questions, or e-mail your questions to NewInnovatorAwards@mail.nih.gov.

Archived Program Highlights

New material holds promise for drug delivery, medical implants New material holds promise for drug delivery, medical implants

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Brain stem cell environment Location, location, location: Scientists uncover new information about brain stem cell environment

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New Tools to Correct Brain Activity New Tools to Correct Brain Activity

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