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NIH Director's Early Independence Awards

Modified: April 13, 2016

The NIH Director's Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit by post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators would benefit instead by launching directly into an independent research career. For these select investigators, who have established a record of scientific innovation and research productivity and who have demonstrated unusual leadership, drive, and maturity, post-doctoral training would unnecessarily delay their entry into performing independent research.

The NIH EIAs also provide an opportunity for institutions to invigorate their research programs by bringing in the fresh perspectives of the awardees that they host. Prospective candidates should contact appropriate Institutional leaders to seek an appointment in an independent research position.

By the end of the award period, the Early Independence investigator is expected to be competitive for continued funding of his/her research program and for a permanent research position.

Awards will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year. The project period is limited to five years.

For more information, deadlines, and how to apply visit: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-16-006.html 

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