The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the creation of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, which supports research by new investigators who propose highly innovative projects with the potential for exceptionally great impact on biomedical or behavioral science.

NIH expects to offer at least 14 awards in September 2007. Each grant will be for five years and up to a total of $1.5 million in direct costs plus applicable facilities and administrative costs.

The award is designed for new investigators who:

  • Have not yet obtained an NIH R01 or similar grant
  • Hold an independent research position at an institution in the United States
  • Received a doctoral degree or completed medical internship and residency in 1997 or later
  • Propose research in any scientific area relevant to the NIH mission

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