To: Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological, Physical, & Social Sciences
Associate Deans for Research
School/College Research Administrators
From: Dave Schuster, Office of Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date: November 19, 2014
Subject: NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5) 2015 RFA-RM-14-004
Notice of Intent: December 2, 2014.
Internal Competition: December 17, 2014
The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career.
Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.
At the time of application, the individual either 1) within the preceding twelve months must have received a terminal doctoral degree or completed medical residency or 2) within the following twelve months must complete all the requirements for a doctoral degree or complete a medical residency. The fellowship training period is NOT included in the clinical residency or equivalent training period. 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 PD (/PI must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous doctoral degree for more than one year. The individual must also not be the PD/PI of an NIH R01 or equivalent grant at the time of award.
At the time of award to the grantee Institution, either 1) the Early Independence investigator must have received a PhD, MD, DO, DC, DDS, DVM, OD, DPM, ScD, EngD, Dr PH, DNSc, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy), PharmD, DSW, PsyD, or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution (it is the responsibility of the sponsoring institution to determine if a foreign doctoral degree is equivalent), OR 2) an authorized official of the degree-granting institution must certify that all degree requirements have been met and that the date of graduation as appearing on the transcript will be within one year of the date of application submission.
UW–Madison may submit two proposals.
Amount per Award: Awards will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs.
Duration of Award: The project period is limited to five years.
Number of Awards: 10 Anticipated
This contains additional information on the program and specific application instructions.
Internal Competition Application Instructions:
Notice of Intent: Send an email message to email@example.com with "NIH-Early Independence 2015-PI Last Name" by December 2, 2014 to inform us of your intention to submit a proposal. Please note, proposals for internal competition will only be accepted if a Notice of Intent is received by the deadline. Nominations are also welcome from departments, rather than individuals. Please include the following in your email message:
Internal Competition: Send a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org with "NIH-Early Independence 2015-PI Last Name" by December 17, 2014, a 3-5 page summary which includes:
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 January 30, 2015, 5 pm CST.
If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact Dave Schuster (608) 263-7274 or email email@example.com