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NIH Director's Pioneer Award

In September 2006, NIH expects to make 5 to 10 new awards of up to $500,000 in direct costs per year for 5 years.

A key component of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, the NIH Director's Pioneer Award supports exceptionally creative scientists who propose pioneering approaches to major challenges in biomedical research.

In September 2006, NIH expects to make 5 to 10 new awards of up to $500,000 in direct costs per year for 5 years.

Women, members of groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research, and individuals in the early to middle stages of their careers are especially encouraged to apply.

Open to Scientists Who Are

  • U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents

  • Currently engaged in any field of research

  • Interested in exploring biomedically relevant topics

  • Willing to commit at least 51% of their research effort to the Pioneer Award project

Apply Online

  • Streamlined application includes 3- to 5-page essay and 3 letters of reference

  • Apply between January 15 and February 27, 2006

  • Application instructions

More Information

  • See the Pioneer Award Web site

  • E-mail questions