NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Funding Opportunity
Announcement for FY 2017 – Receipt date September 12, 2016
The National Institutes of Health Common Fund announces the FY 2017 funding opportunity for the NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (EIA). The EIA initiative allows exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their transition to an independent research career by “skipping” the traditional postdoctoral training. To be eligible, candidates at time of application must be within one year (before or after) of completion of their terminal degree or clinical residency. In addition, at time of application, candidates must not be in an independent position (as defined in the FOA). Each institution (designated by a unique DUNS identifier) may submit up to two applications in response to this FOA. Letters of intent are due Aug. 12, 2016. Applications are due Sept. 12, 2016. See the instructions in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (RFA-RM-16-006).
To facilitate the “matching” of prospective candidates with potential host institutions, the NIH Common Fund has created a matching portal website in which institutions may indicate their interest in hosting EIA awardees and provide pertinent information. Prospective candidates will be able to use this portal to identify potential host institutions. Institutions are invited to provide information as soon as they are able. The portal will be updated on a continuing basis. Note that while registration by institutions is encouraged, it is not required and candidates may identify host institutions through other means.
Responses to Frequently Asked Questions about the Early Independence Awards initiative are available at http://commonfund.nih.gov/earlyindependence/faq.
The NIH Common Fund (formerly the NIH Roadmap) encourages collaboration and supports a series of exceptionally high impact, trans-NIH programs. These programs are supported by the Common Fund, and managed by the NIH Office of the Director in partnership with the various NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices. Additional information about the NIH Common Fund can be found at http://commonfund.nih.gov.
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