NIH Director’s Early Independence Award

HRHR EIA final graphic

CCHE would like to alert you to the opportunities available via the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award ~

The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5 mechanism), established in 2010, accelerates the entry of exceptional junior investigators (within 15 months after or 12 months before receiving their terminal research degree or completing medical residency) into positions of independent research by omitting the traditional post-doctoral training period. The review places a strong emphasis on the qualities of the investigator and the environment provided by the host institution.

The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award is part of the Common Fund’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, which was created to accelerate the pace of biomedical discoveries by supporting exceptionally creative scientists with highly innovative research. The program seeks to identify scientists with high-impact ideas that may be risky or at a stage too early to fare well in the traditional peer review process. The program encourages creative, outside-the-box thinkers to pursue exciting and innovative ideas in any area of biomedical research relevant to the NIH mission. The program houses three additional awards – the NIH Director’s Pioneer AwardNIH Director’s New Innovator Award, and NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award  – and is managed by the Office of the Director in partnership with other component NIH Institutes and Centers.

The application for fiscal year 2018 is due on September 22, 2017 under RFA-RM-17-008.

NIH is hosting a Live Q&A Webinar on July 17, 2017 at 1pm Eastern time. You may register to attend and submit questions ahead of time at

There is also an informational video that provides an overview of the Early Independence Award available on YouTube.

Questions may be directed to

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: