NIH Director's Early Independence Award

Funding opportunities for outstanding early career scientists ready for independence

NIH Director's Early Independence Award

Part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the award supports outstanding junior scientists with the intellect, scientific creativity, drive, and maturity to flourish independently launch independent research careers and bypass the traditional postdoctoral training period.

  • Must complete doctoral degree or clinical training between June 1, 2017 and September 30, 2019
  • Must be in non-independent research position at time of application
  • Single PI only
  • Requires significant institutional support
  • Preliminary data not required
  • $250,000 direct costs per year for up to 5 years
  • Minimum of 80% research effort in first 2 years
  • 3-5 Letters of Reference required

Application Information

Funding Opportunities
FY 2019 RFA-RM-18-010
Due September 27, 2018

See NOT-RM-18-018 for change in review process
FY 2018

Closed September 22, 2017

See NOT-OD-17-106 & NOT-OD-17-111 for NIH response to Hurricane Harvey
See NOT-OD-17-113 for NIH response to Hurricane Irma

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This page last reviewed on September 19, 2018