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Program Snapshot

Part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the award supports exceptionally creative early career investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects in the biomedical, behavioral or social sciences within 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

Learn more about this award on the New Innovator Award Program Overview page.

NIH Director's New Innovator Award

Applications due August 18, 2023


This page last reviewed on February 9, 2024