NIH Director's Pioneer Award

Funding opportunities for exceptionally creative scientists proposing pioneering approaches

NIH Director's Pioneer Award

Part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the award supports scientists with outstanding records of creativity pursuing new research directions to develop pioneering approaches to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research.

  • Open to all career stages
  • Single PI only
  • No preliminary data required
  • Must be new scientific research direction
  • $700,000 in direct costs per year for up to 5 years
  • Minimum of 51% research effort in first 3 years
  • 3 Letters of Reference required

 

Application Information

Funding Opportunities
FY 2020

RFA-RM-19-005
Closes September 6, 2019


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Pioneer Award Informational Video (April 2019)

Learn more about the eligibility requirements, award cycle, application process, review process, and award requirements for the NIH Director's Pioneer Award in this short 2-minute video.

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This page last reviewed on April 12, 2019