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Program Snapshot

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

  • Single PI only
  • Must complete doctoral degree or clinical training between June 1, 2021 and September 30, 2023
  • Must be in non-independent research position at time of application submission
  • Limit of 2 applications per institution
  • Preliminary data not required
  • Requires 9.6 months of research effort each year for first 2 years
  • Requires 3-5 Letters of Reference
  • $250,000 direct costs per year for up to 5 years

Learn more about this award on the Early Independence Award Program Overview page.

NIH Director’s Early Independence Award

Applications due September 6, 2023


This page last reviewed on February 9, 2024