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NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)

Modified: May 4, 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.  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. Please review complete detailedinstructions on the Limited Submission website (and below)

PLEASE NOTE: This is a limited submission opportunity and specific instructions for submitting the MANDATORY INTERNAL LETTER OF INTENT, including the Department Chair Letter is below.

ELIGIBILITY

  • At the time of application, the individual either 1) within the preceding twelve months must have received a terminal doctoral degree or completed medical residency or 2) within the following twelve months must complete all the requirements for a doctoral degree or complete a medical residency. The clinical fellowship period is NOT included in the clinical residency or equivalent training period.
  • At the time of application, the PD/PI must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous doctoral degree for more than one year.
  • At the time of award, the candidate must not already be a PD/PI on an NIH R01 or R01-equivalent award.
  • Individuals must commit at least 80% effort during the first two years of the project period to research supported by the Early Independence Award. In the final three years of the project period, awardees may reduce effort toward the Early Independence Award, but the total effort towards independent research must still be at least 80% effort.
  • Individuals are eligible only if they, at the time of application submission, do not have research independence. Lack of research independence is defined functionally rather than by position title. Eligible individuals must have all the following characteristics:
  • The candidate's current research agenda is set through concurrence with mentors.
  • The candidate's research is funded primarily through support to other investigators (mentored fellowships such as NIH F31/F32 Fellowships or NSF Graduate Research Fellowships do not preclude eligibility).
  • The candidate does not have any space assigned directly by the institution for the conduct of his or her research.
  • The candidate, according to institutional policy, cannot apply for an NIH R01 grant without special waiver or exemption from the institution.
  • Though candidates must not be functionally independent at the time of application submission, they may become functionally independent prior to time of award and still retain eligibility for the award.
  • Only single PD/PI applications will be accepted.At the time of application, the individual either 1) within the preceding twelve months must have received a terminal doctoral degree or completed medical residency or 2) within the following twelve months must complete all the requirements for a doctoral degree or complete a medical residency.


KEY DATES

  • Internal Letter of Intent Due (including Dept Chair Letter): June 1 (by midnight)
  • Sponsor Letter of Intent Due (optional): August 12
  • Sponsor Proposal Due:  September 12


SUBMITTING A MANDATORY LETTER OF INTENT
Candidates interested in applying are required to submit a letter of intent (LOI) that includes a Department Chair letter by the deadline specified above. If interest exceeds the number of submissions the university is allowed, an internal competition will be held. Typically, all investigators that submit an LOI will be invited to submit an internal proposal. Occasionally, as appropriate, based on the LOI, only selected applicants will be invited to submit an internal proposal.

  1. Click HERE to access the LOI form.
  2. Obtain a signed Department Chair letter that is responsive to Section IV. 2: “Application and Submission Information” under “Facilities and Other Resources”, as described in the full solicitation, that includes the following components:
    • Position details
    • Institutional resources commitment
    • Institutional career development commitment.
  3. Compile the letter of intent and Department Chair letter as a single PDF file.
  4. Name the file as follows:  “LastName-FirstInitial-NIH-DP5-2016”, replacing “LastName” with your last name and “First Initial” with your first initial.
  5. Click on this link.
  6. Login with your Northwestern NetID and password.
  7. Under the “Limited Submissions - Office of Research Development” heading, click “Apply” next to the “Letter of Intent: NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)(RFA-RM-16-006)”.
  8. Update your profile.
    • ​Populate the following fields: Phone, Title, and Department.
    • Click on “Save draft and continue” to save your profile and move to the competition application page.​
  9. Insert proposal title.  Click on “Save draft and continue.”
  10. Click the Browse or Choose File button and navigate to your file on your hard drive or network.  Select your file and click “Submit”.  No supplemental documents are accepted.

Note: You will receive a confirmation email from ORD indicating that your application was received.

CONTACT AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Fruma Yehiely, Associate Vice President for Research, Director of Office of Research Development, 847-491-1074, Limited Submissions website

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