|NIH Director Launches Program for Innovative
NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., today announced a special
program to fund new investigators who propose highly innovative
research projects that could have an exceptionally great impact
on biomedical or behavioral science. The NIH Director’s New Innovator
Award offers grants of up to $1.5 million in direct costs over
“New investigators are the future of science, and innovative ideas
are its lifeblood. This flagship program underscores NIH’s commitment
to supporting these two critical elements of the research enterprise.
The New Innovator Award, funded through the NIH Roadmap Common
Fund, complements longstanding activities in both areas at the
NIH level and at its institutes and centers,” said Zerhouni.
The application period opens on April 25 and closes on May 22,
2007. NIH expects to make at least 14 awards in September 2007.
New investigators who have not yet obtained an NIH R01 or similar
grant are eligible to apply. Applicants must hold an independent
research position at an institution in the United States and must
have received a doctoral degree or completed a medical internship
and residency in 1997 or later.
“We want proposals in a broad range of scientific areas relevant
to the NIH mission and from a diverse pool of applicants,” Zerhouni
said. “We’re shortening the application and emphasizing the significance
of the research, what makes the approach exceptionally innovative,
how the applicant will address challenges and risks, and the applicant’s
qualifications for the grant. We aren’t requiring applicants to
present preliminary data, although we’ll allow it if they choose
to do so,” he added.
Application instructions are at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-07-009.html.
More information on the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award is
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