Funding Opportunity 2012 NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards

Letters of Intent due by December 30, 2011

Announcing a funding opportunity for the NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards:

  • For junior investigators wishing to “skip the post-doc” and immediately begin independent research
  • Eligible candidates must be within one year of receipt of terminal research degree or completion of clinical residency
  • Only up to two applications per institution (as defined by unique DUNS number) permitted
  • All areas of research relevant to the mission of NIH welcome
  • Budgets may be up to $250,000 in direct costs per year for up to five years

The deadline for submitting Early Independence Award applications is January 30, 2012 with Letters of Intent due by December 30, 2011. See the instructions in RFA-RM-11-007. Additional information, including Frequently Asked Questions about the Early Independence Award Program is available at: Send questions to

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