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Program Snapshot

Part of the Common Fund's High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the NIH Director's New Innovator Award supports exceptionally creative, early-career investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects with no preliminary data required.

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From Toy to Science Tool

PaperfugePrakash Manu, a 2015 New Innovator, developed an inexpensive centrifuge that doesn't require electricity and is modeled after a children's toy. The "paperfuge" is hand-powered and made of paper, twine, and plastic and costs 20 cents.

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Vaccine Candidate for Group A Streptococcus

StreptococcusRommie Amaro, a 2010 New Innovator, discovered a protein that may lead to a vaccine for the bacteria group A Streptococcus, a leading cause of worldwide morbidity and mortality and responsible for infections and diseases.

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Application Information

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Hand filling out form •  Early stage investigator with no R01 or equivalent NIH grant
•  Within 10 years of doctoral degree or medical internship/residency
•  No preliminary data required
•  Awards up to $300K per year for up to 5 years
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Application Status
FY 2018

Due: September 8, 2017

FY 2017

Under Review



New funding opportunity (RFA-RM-17-006) available for 2018 NIH Director's New Innovator Award! Applications are due by September 8, 2017.


Program Booklet  •  Abstract Book  •  Photos  •  Videocasts for Day 1Day 2, and Day 3

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