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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity, NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)

Modified: March 16, 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.

Awards will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year. The project period is limited to five years. For additional information, visit the website.  Note that only two applications from Northwestern are allowed; applicants must follow the Office for Research Development instructions for submitting an internal letter of intent, due June 2, 2016. For additional information, contact Fruma Yehiely, Associate Vice President for Research.