NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health plans to award a total of $6 million under its Directors Pioneer Award program in fiscal 2010, according to a request for applications issued this week.
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences, which is administering the grant for NIH, will fund at least seven awards to support "individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering and possibly transforming approaches to addressing major biomedical or behavioral challenges," NIH said.
In order to be considered pioneering, NIH said, the research "must reflect ideas substantially different from those already being pursued in the investigators laboratory or elsewhere."
The awards will be for up to $500,000 in direct costs over each year for five years, as well as some funding for facilities and administrative costs. Awardees must commit at least 51 percent of their research to activities supported by grants awarded under the program.