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NIH Planning $80M for Innovator Awards

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health plans to commit at least $80 million in 2010 to fund researchers conducting "bold and highly innovative" biomedical science that could have important impacts on a wide range of issues.

Funded through the NIH Roadmap Initiative, the NIH Directors New Innovator Award program will grant around 33 awards in fiscal 2010, with each eligible for up to $300,000 per year for up to five years.

The aim of the program, which was created in 2007, is to support a small number of early-stage investigations "of exceptional creativity" that "have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research."

All of the institutes and centers of NIH will participate in the New Innovator program, which will be administered by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

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