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NIH to Award 14 Grants of Up to $1.5M to 'New Innovators' in Biomed and Behavioral Research

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The National Institutes of Health will award 14 grants worth up to $1.5 million apiece to fund biomedical or behavioral research conducted by “new investigators,” NIH Director Elias Zerhouni said today.
 
The New Innovator Award intends to promote the work of young scientists who have received their doctoral degree or medical internship or residency in or after 1997.
 
The research may vary widely in scope and subject. NIH said the grants are “designed to support new investigators of exceptional creativity who propose highly innovative approaches that have the potential to produce an unusually high impact on significant contemporary problems in biomedical and behavioral research.”
 
“We aren’t requiring applicants to present preliminary data,” but those with results may send them, Zerhouni said in a statement. He added that NIH has shortened the application to emphasize it is looking for candidates with bold ideas more than a body of work.  
 
The awards grant up to $1.5 million for a five-year period with an annual budget of up to $300,000 in direct costs plus further funds for applicable facilities and administrative costs, NIH said.
 
The NIH is seeking applicants with research positions at US institutions from “a broad range of scientific areas relevant to the NIH mission and from a diverse pool of applicants,” Zerhouni said.
 
He added that the NIH wants applicants to say what makes the research “exceptionally innovative,” and “how the applicant will address challenges and risks.”
 
Applications are due May 27.
 
Additional information can be found here.

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