NIH Director's New Innovator Award

Funding opportunities for unusually creative early stage investigators

NIH Director's New Innovator Award

Part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the award supports exceptionally creative early career investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects in the biomedical, behavioral or social sciences within the NIH mission.

  • Must have Early Stage Investigator status (completed doctoral degree or postgraduate clinical training within last 10 years and never received an NIH R01 or equivalent award)
  • Single PI only
  • No preliminary data required
  • $1.5 million in direct costs disbursed in first year of 5-year project period
  • Minimum of 25% research effort



Application Information

Funding Opportunities
FY 2021

Due August 21, 2020

FY 2020

Closed August 26, 2019

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Q&A Webinar

A live Q&A webinar will be held in June or July of 2020. Check back for a specific date and time. NIH program and review staff will provide information on the application and review process and answer questions submitted by the public. The webinar will be recorded and made available here.

Informational Video (May 2020)

Learn more about the eligibility requirements, award cycle, application process, review process, and award requirements for the NIH Director's New Innovator Award in this short 2.5-minute video.


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This page last reviewed on May 21, 2020