NIH Director's Transformative Research Award

Funding opportunities for exceptionally innovative and unconventional research projects

NIH Director's Transformative Research Award

Part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the award supports individuals or teams proposing transformative projects that are inherently risky and untested but have the potential to create or overturn fundamental paradigms and may require very large budgets.

  • Open to all career stages
  • Open to individuals or teams
  • No preliminary data required
  • Research effort commensurate to project needs
  • Anonymized review process
  • Flexible budgets
  • No prior approval required for large budget requests


Funding Opportunities

Non-COVID-19 Proposals: RFA-RM-20-013
Closed September 30, 2020
COVID-19 Proposals: RFA-RM-20-020
Closed September 30, 2020
Special Interest in ALS Applications: NOT-RM-20-019
(Apply through RFA-RM-20-013)
Closed September 30, 2020

This page last reviewed on October 26, 2020