New funding opportunities for NIH Director’s Pioneer, New Innovator, Transformative Research, and Early Independence Awards

The NIH Common Fund announces FY 2018 funding opportunities for the NIH Director’s Pioneer, New Innovator, Transformative Research, and Early Independence Awards in the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program. The program provides unique opportunities for exceptionally creative scientists to pursue highly innovative approaches to address major challenges in biomedical or behavioral research.  Any research topic relevant to the broad mission of NIH is welcome. NIH especially encourages women and members of groups that are underrepresented in NIH-funded research to apply.

2018 NIH Director’s Pioneer Awards: RFA RM-17-005

  • Open to scientists at any career stage
  • Single PI applications only
  • Up to $3.5 million in direct costs over a period of 5 years
  • Application instructions and additional details are provided in the RFA
  • For further information on the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, see the website and FAQs
  • For other questions, email pioneerawards@mail.nih.gov
  • Application deadline: September 1, 2017

 

2018 NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards: RFA RM-17-006

  • Open to New 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)
  • Single PI applications only
  • Up to $1.5 million in direct costs over a period of 5 years (multi-year funded, funds for entire project period disbursed from FY 2018 appropriation)
  • Application instructions and additional details provided in the RFA
  • For further information on the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, see the website and FAQs
  • For other questions, email newinnovatorawards@mail.nih.gov
  • Application deadline: September 8, 2017

 

2018 NIH Director’s Transformative Research Awards: RFA RM-17-007    

  • Open to scientists at any career stage
  • Single-PI applications and multi-PI applications welcome
  • Flexible budgets, commensurate with scope of proposed research
  • Application instructions and additional details provided in the RFA
  • For further information on the NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award, see the website and FAQs
  • For other questions, email transformative_awards@mail.nih.gov
  • Application deadline: September 15, 2017

 

2018 NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards: RFA RM-17-008    

  • Open to Early Stage Investigators who wish to “skip the postdoc” and begin an independent research career; complete their terminal research degree or medical residency between June 1, 2016 and September 30, 2018; are in a non-independent position at time of application; and have not received an NIH R01 or similar grant
  • Single-PI applications only
  • Up to $1.25 million in direct costs over a period of 5 years
  • Application instructions and additional details provided in the RFA
  • For further information on the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award, see the website and FAQs
  • For other questions, email EarlyIndependence@od.nih.gov
  • Application deadline: September 22, 2017

 

The High-Risk High-Reward Research Program and other Common Fund programs are managed by the Office of Strategic Coordination, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives in the NIH Office of the Director, in partnership with the component NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices. The NIH Common Fund encourages collaboration and supports a series of exceptionally high impact, trans-NIH programs.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) –“The Nation's Medical Research Agency” – includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit the NIH website.