NIH Director's Early Independence Award

Funding opportunities for outstanding early career scientists ready for independence

NIH Director's Early Independence Award

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.

  • Must complete doctoral degree or clinical training between June 1, 2019 and September 30, 2021
  • Must be in non-independent research position at time of application
  • Single PI only
  • Preliminary data not required
  • $250,000 direct costs per year for up to 5 years
  • Minimum of 80% research effort in first 2 years
  • 3-5 Letters of Reference required
  • Only 2 applications allowed per institution

Application Information

Announcements:

  • Non-COVID-19-related research proposals should apply to funding opportunity announcement RFA-RM-20-014.
  • COVID-19-related research proposals should apply to funding opportunity announcement RFA-RM-20-021.
  • Applications for both RFAs must be submitted by September 4, 2020.
  • Applications submitted to the two RFAs will be reviewed together at the same time using the same process.
  • New Application & Award Guidance is available with more information on how to apply and sample applications.
Funding Opportunities
FY 2021

Non-COVID-19 Proposals: RFA-RM-20-014
Due September 4, 2020
 

COVID-19 Proposals: RFA-RM-20-021
Due September 4, 2020
 

FY 2020

RFA-RM-19-008
Closed September 13, 2019


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Q&A Webinar

A live Q&A webinar will be held in June or July of 2020. Check back for a specific date and time. NIH program and review staff will provide information on the application and review process and answer questions submitted by the public. The webinar will be recorded and made available here.

 

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This page last reviewed on May 21, 2020