NIH Director's New Innovator Award (DP2)

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About the program

The NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program supports early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose highly innovative research projects with the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems relevant to the mission of NIH. For the program to support the best possible researchers and research, applications are sought which reflect the full diversity of the research workforce. Individuals from diverse backgrounds and from the full spectrum of eligible institutions in all geographic locations are strongly encouraged to apply to this Funding Opportunity Announcement. In addition, applications in all topics relevant to the broad mission of NIH are welcome, including, but not limited to, topics in the behavioral, social, biomedical, applied, and formal sciences and topics that may involve basic, translational, or clinical research. The NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program complements ongoing efforts by NIH and its Institutes and Centers to fund early stage investigators through R01 grants, which continue to be the major sources of NIH support for early stage investigators. The NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program is a component of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program of the NIH Common Fund.


Award recipients must be enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. program or their equivalent. Fourth-year degrees or B.S. with honors are not eligible for grants. Students are eligible to win twice during the duration of their graduate studies. The AAPG Foundation must adhere to sanctions and regulations as set forth by the U.S. Department of Treasury. If you are a non-U.S. student and are unsure as to whether sanctions have been placed on your country of residence, please review the list of sanctioned countries to determine if you are eligible for a Grants-in-Aid award at this time.

Award amount and award period

Awards are multi-year funded with all funds disbursed in the first year of the award. Awards will be up to $1,500,000 in direct costs (the equivalent of $300,000 in Direct Costs each year for five years) plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs to be determined at the time of award.

Application deadline

August 26, 2019

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Last updated: August 1, 2019.