Today NIH issued a notice announcing the policy for supporting the Next Generation Researchers Initiative (NGRI). Consistent with the directives within the 21st Century Cures Act and an overarching goal of the agency to provide opportunities for earlier research independence, this policy provides an updated strategy for prioritizing NIH funding for Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) and Early Established Investigators (EEIs).
In addition to the policy language, Michael Lauer, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, published ablog describing the rationale for the new policy and the website clearinghouse for information related to the NGRI
Earlier this month, Francis Collins appointed a Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director to monitor the implementation of this policy. Additional information about this working group, including its charge and roster can be found here.
The FASEB Science Policy Team will continue to monitor the implementation and response to this policy, and report back to the Board and SPC as appropriate.