To: Chairs, Departments in the Biological Sciences
From: Nick Novak, Graduate School
Date: October 29, 2013
Subject: NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)
Notification of intent to submit is due on Friday, November 22, 2013.
The NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit by post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators would benefit instead by launching directly into an independent research career. For these select investigators, who have established a record of scientific innovation and research productivity and who have demonstrated unusual leadership, drive, and maturity, post-doctoral training would unnecessarily delay their entry into performing independent research. The NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards also provide an opportunity for institutions to invigorate their research programs by bringing in the fresh perspectives of the awardees that they host.
At the time of application, the Early Independence Award candidate must be within twelve months before or after the completion of their PhD (or equivalent) or for clinicians within twelve months before or after the completion of their medical residency (or equivalent) training. The medical fellowship period is NOT included as part of the medical residence or equivalent training. The date of degree receipt is that which appears on the official transcript for the degree. The time of application is the date when the application is submitted electronically to NIH through Grants.gov. In addition, at the time of application, the Early Independence investigator must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous doctoral degree for more than one year. By the end of the award period, the Early Independence investigator is expected to be competitive for continued funding of his/her research program and for a permanent research position.
Early Independence PD(s)/PI(s):
Awards will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs.
UW–Madison may submit two proposals.
This contains additional information on the program and specific application instructions, etc.
Notice of intent: Send an email message to email@example.com with "NIH-Early Independence" by Friday, November 22, 2013 to inform us of your intention to submit a proposal. Nominations are also welcome from departments, rather than individuals. Please include the following in your email message:
PIs will be notified if an internal competition is needed.
For the project selected, the proposal must be submitted using Grants.gov. Information about campus procedures for Grants.gov is posted on the RSP Web site. The full proposal is due on Friday, January 31, 2014, 5 pm CST.
If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact Nick Novak (608) 265-4868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.