Part of the Common Fund's High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the NIH Director's New Innovator Award supports exceptionally creative, early-career investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects with no preliminary data required.
An Alternative Way to Smell
Sandeep Datta, a 2010 New Innovator, discovered alternative odor receptors in mice that upends previous conceptions about smell and reveals a much more complex system than previously believed.
Defects in Neurons Reveal Clues to Autism
Alysson Muotri, a 2009 New Innovator, reprogrammed stem cells to create neurons from autistic individuals who exhibited faster growing brains early on in life and found the neurons made fewer connections compared to cells from healthy individuals.
The Office of the Director in partnership with
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
- National Cancer Institute
- National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
- National Eye Institute
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- National Human Genome Research Institute
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
- National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
- National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
- National Institute of General Medical Sciences
- National Institute of Mental Health
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- National Institute on Drug Abuse
- National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
- National Library of Medicine
|• Early stage investigator with no R01 or equivalent NIH grant
• Within 10 years of doctoral degree or medical internship/residency
• No preliminary data required
• Awards up to $300K per year for up to 5 years
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Congratulations to the 2017 PECASE recipients for their High-Risk, High-Reward Research projects! High-Risk High-Reward Research awardees who received PECASE awards for research projects supported by other agencies include Aaron Esser-Kahn (New Innovator), Ahmad Khalil (New Innovator), Elizabeth Nolan (New Innovator) and Harris Wang (Early Independence awardee).