Limited submission NIH Director’s Early Independence Award

Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Funding Organization’s Deadline: Thursday, September 1, 2022

Internal Application link: 

Discipline/Subject Area: Biomedical Science, Behavioral and Social Science


Limited submission opportunities are those for which the agencies restrict the number of proposals or nominations a university may submit for consideration for an award. Extra submissions can result in rejection of all submitted by the institution. Therefore, all eligible and interested nominees must be internally screened to determine which will represent the university in the agency’s competition. This application is for the nomination from our institution.

The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award supports exceptional junior investigators who wish to pursue independent research soon after completion of their terminal doctoral degree or post-graduate clinical training, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. For the program to support the best possible researchers and research, applications are sought which reflect the full diversity of the research workforce. Individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups and from the full spectrum of eligible institutions in all geographic locations, are strongly encouraged to apply to this Funding Opportunity Announcement. In addition, applications in all topics relevant to the broad mission of NIH are welcome, including, but not limited to, topics in the behavioral, social, biomedical, applied, and formal sciences and topics that may involve basic, translational, or clinical research. The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award is a component of the High-Risk, High Reward Research program of the NIH Common Fund

Single PI only
Must complete doctoral degree or clinical training between June 1, 2021 and September 30, 2023
Must be in non-independent research position at time of application submission
Limit of 2 applications per institution
Preliminary data not required
Requires 9.6 months of research effort each year for first 2 years
Requires 3-5 Letters of Reference
$250,000 direct costs per year for up to 5 years

Please visit the sponsor’s website for complete information, rules and eligibility

For each competition, principal investigators are required to submit a limited submission pre-proposal by the internal deadline specified in the announcement. The pre-proposal should address the sponsoring agency’s priorities as outlined in the announcement.

The pre-proposal should be no more than 3 pages in length in 11-point font with 0.5” margins and must contain the following information:

Proposal title
Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator(s), Department and College
Proposed start date and duration of the project
Estimated (total) budget for the entire performance period
Summary of the project (main body of the document)

The limited submission committee will convene to review the pre-proposals following review guidelines. The committee will provide a recommendation to the Vice President of Research who makes the final decision regarding the internal competition.