Funding opportunities for unusually creative early stage investigators
Part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the award supports outstanding junior scientists with the intellect, scientific creativity, drive, and maturity bypass the traditional postdoctoral training period to launch independent research careers.
- Single PI only
- Must complete doctoral degree or clinical training between June 1, 2021 and September 30, 2023
- Must be in non-independent research position at time of application submission
- Limit of 2 applications per institution
- Preliminary data not required
- Requires 9.6 months of research effort each year for first 2 years
- Requires 3-5 Letters of Reference
- $250,000 direct costs per year for up to 5 years
The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5 mechanism), established in 2011, accelerates the entry of exceptional junior investigators (within 15 months after or 12 months before receiving their terminal research degree or completing postgraduate clinical training) into positions of independent research by omitting the traditional postdoctoral training period. The review places a strong emphasis on the qualities of the investigator and the environment provided by the host institution.
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Applications due September 6, 2023