All About Grants Podcast – Early Stage Investigator Policy and Extensions


Are you coming to the end of your research training and thinking about next steps, wondering what it means to be an “early stage investigator (ESI)“? Maybe you already know you are an ESI, but want to know what it means for your application. Perhaps the pandemic or another major life event affected your research progress and you want to know more about how to extend your ESI status?

Take a few minutes and join us for this NIH All About Grants podcast mini-series. In part 1 of this two-part conversation, Drs. Ericka Boone and Shoshana Kahana from the NIH Office of Extramural Research join us as we touch on NIH’s interest in supporting ESIs, who is and is not an ESI, the benefits afforded to ESIs, and more (MP3 / Transcript). We discuss extending one’s ESI status in part 2 with Dr. Melissa Stick of the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (MP3 / Transcript).

“…In terms of peer review, [applications from ESIs are] actually clustered together, typically, so that gives one advantage.  In terms of funding R01 equivalents, ESI applications with meritorious scores are prioritized for funding across NIH” – Dr. Shoshana Kahana (Part 1)

“…NIH recognizes that basically life happens…there are events that will impact an investigator’s ability to do research and may result in a lapse in research or research training…So to accommodate [the] loss in research effort and these breaks, we have a process now where we’re going to consider requests that investigators submit to extend their ESI period.” – Dr. Melissa Stick (Part 2)

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