NIH Director's Early Independence Award

Funding opportunities for outstanding early career scientists ready for independence

NIH Director's Early Independence Award

Part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the award supports outstanding junior scientists with the intellect, scientific creativity, drive, and maturity bypass the traditional postdoctoral training period to launch independent research careers.

  • Must complete doctoral degree or clinical training between June 1, 2018 and September 30, 2020
  • Must be in non-independent research position at time of application
  • Cannot have been postdoc for >12 months before June 1, 2018
  • Single PI only
  • Requires significant institutional support
  • Preliminary data not required
  • $250,000 direct costs per year for up to 5 years
  • Minimum of 80% research effort in first 2 years
  • 3-5 Letters of Reference required

Application Information

Funding Opportunities
FY 2020

Closed September 13, 2019

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Q&A Webinar Video

The live webinar was held on July 24, 2019. It featured short presentations from NIH program and review staff and answering submitted questions from the public. Due to technical issues, the webinar was re-recorded at a later date. The re-recording is posted below.

Download the July 24, 2019 Q&A webinar material

Award Informational Video (April 2019)

Learn more about eligibility requirements, application process, review process, and award requirements for the NIH Director's Early Independence Award in this 3-minute video.

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This page last reviewed on January 6, 2020