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Program Snapshot

Part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the award supports early career investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative research projects with the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important areas relevant to the NIH mission.

  • Single PI only
  • Must have Early Stage Investigator status (completed doctoral degree or postgraduate clinical training within last 10 years and never received a substantial NIH independent research award)
  • No preliminary data required
  • Minimum of 25% research effort
  • $1.5 million in direct costs split into two multi-year segments

See the Award Overview for more information.

NIH Director's New Innovator Award

Applications due August 19, 2024


This page last reviewed on June 13, 2024