NEW YORK, Nov. 28 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Institutes of Health has set aside as much as $25 million for the 2006 Pioneer Awards, the agency said today.
Unlike other NIH grants, which support specific research projects, the Director's Pioneer Award supports individual scientists and is a key component of NIH's Roadmap for Medical Research, according to the agency.
Scientists at all career levels and in any field of research can apply, but the awards cover only biomedically relevant research topics, the NIH said. NIH expects to offer between five and 10 awards of up to $2.5 million apiece over a five-year period beginning in Sept. 2006, the organization said. Thirteen scientists received these awards last September and nine in 2004.
Applicants submit a three- to five-page essay, a biographical sketch, identification of the applicant's most significant publication or achievement, and three letters of reference. Applications may be submitted between Jan. 5 and Feb. 27, 2006.
The Pioneer Award Web site is here.