National Institutes of Health

NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)

Program Summary

The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career.

Eligibility

Two applications per institution are allowed.  Multiple PD(s)/PI(s) are not permitted for this FOA.

At the time of application, the individual either 1) within the preceding twelve months must have received a terminal doctoral degree or completed medical residency or 2) within the following twelve months must complete all the requirements for a doctoral degree or complete a medical residency. The fellowship training period is NOT included in the clinical residency or equivalent training period. The date of degree receipt is that which appears on the official transcript for the degree. The time of application is the date when the application is submitted electronically to NIH through Grants.gov. In addition, at the time of application, the PD/PI must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous doctoral degree for more than one year.

At the time of funding to the grantee Institution, the Early Independence investigator must have received a PhD, MD, DO, DC, DDS, DVM, OD, DPM, ScD, EngD, Dr PH, DNSc, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy), PharmD, DSW, PsyD, or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution (it is the responsibility of the sponsoring institution to determine if a foreign doctoral degree is equivalent). Certification by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution that all degree requirements have been met is also acceptable.
 
A PD/PI is permitted only a single application for an Early Independence Award. 
 
Award Information
 
The NIH Common Fund intends to commit approximately $4,000,000 in FY 2014. Approximately 10 awards are anticipated.  Awards will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs.  The award project period is five years.
 
Internal Selection Procedure
 
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominees. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
1. A two page CV
2. A description of the proposed project. It should have the following elements:
  1. Additional pages may be added for references
  2. Please be sure the project is identified on each page and number the pages.
The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2013. The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Friday, January 31, 2014.

Proposal due for preselection12/06/2013 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to Sponsor01/31/2014
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due Date12/31/2013
Email:cheryl-a-ridgeway@uiowa.edu
Phone:319-384-3332
Sponsor URL:http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-13-009.html

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