Apply Now for an NIH Director's Award

Now is the time to apply for an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award or New Innovator Award. These programs fund individuals using innovative approaches to address major challenges in biomedical or behavioral research. 

We expect to make at least 7 Pioneer Awards and 33 New Innovator Awards in summer 2012. To continue its strong record of diversity in these programs, NIH especially encourages women and members of underrepresented groups to apply. 

Pioneer Awards

  • Up to $2.5 million in direct costs over 5 years
  • Open to scientists at any career stage

The deadline for submitting Pioneer Award applications is October 7, 2011. See the instructions in the funding opportunity announcement (RFA-RM-11-004) and http://commonfund.nih.gov/pioneer for more information. You can send questions about the program to pioneer@nih.gov

New Innovator Awards

  • Up to $1.5 million in direct costs over 5 years
  • For early career stage investigators, defined as those who have not received an NIH R01 or similar grant and are within 10 years of completing their terminal research degree or medical residency   

The deadline for submitting New Innovator Award applications is October 14, 2011. See the instructions in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (RFA-RM-11-005) and http://commonfund.nih.gov/newinnovator for more information. You can send questions about the program to newinnovator@nih.gov.

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