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Application cycle open for the NIH Early Independence Award

Early career researchers who are selected for the award will receive funding of up to $250,000 per year for five years.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is currently accepting applications for the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program, which is geared toward investigators who want to start research immediately after finishing their clinical residency or terminal doctoral or research degree. The program allows investigators to launch their independent research career more quickly by bypassing postdoctoral training.

Applications must be submitted by the researcher’s host institution, which include public and private institutions of higher education, nonprofits, small businesses, for-profit organizations, and eligible federal government agencies. The NIH anticipates that it will select 10 award recipients for FY 2017. Researchers who are selected for the program will receive up to $250,000 per year for five years.

The deadline to submit a letter of intent, which is optional, is Aug. 12, 2016. The program’s application deadline is Sept. 12, 2016. To learn more, visit the NIH website.

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