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 bypass the traditional postdoctoral training period to launch independent research careers.

  • Single PI only
  • Must complete doctoral degree or clinical training between June 1, 2020 and September 30, 2022
  • 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
     

Funding Opportunity


RFA-RM-21-018

Due September 3, 2021

 
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This page last reviewed on June 21, 2021