High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program

NIH Director's Pioneer Award

NIH Director's Pioneer Award

Part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the award supports exceptionally creative scientists pursuing new research directions to develop pioneering approaches to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research.

  • Open to all career stages
  • Single PI only
  • No preliminary data required
  • Must be new scientific research direction
  • $700,000 in direct costs per year for up to 5 years
  • Minimum of 51% research effort in first 3 years
  • 3 Letters of Reference required


Application Information

Funding Opportunities
FY 2018

Closed September 1, 2017

See NOT-OD-17-106 & NOT-OD-17-111 for NIH response to Hurricane Harvey
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This page last reviewed on February 16, 2018