The US National Institutes of Health announced the recipients of the 2011 Director's Pioneer, New Innovator, and Transformative Research Project Awards. These awards support high risk, high reward research, the agency says. According to NIH's James Anderson, these grants also serve to "reinvigorate the biomedical work force by providing unique opportunities to conduct research that is neither incremental nor conventional," he says in a statement. "The awards are intended to catalyze giant leaps forward for any area of biomedical research, allowing investigators to go in entirely new directions."
The complete list of winners appears here. A number of the winners are working in the systems biology field, including Long Cai at Caltech, the University of Michigan's Sundeep Kalantry, and Erez Lieberman-Aiden at the Broad Institute.