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NIH Director's Early Independence Award (DP5)

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

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University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

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Limited Submission Announcement

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) solicits applications for the Director's Early Independence Award (DP5) from institutions/organizations that propose to appoint and support exceptional, early career scientists directly following the completion of their Ph.D. (or equivalent) or M.D. (or equivalent) training into an independent academic research position, thereby omitting the traditional postdoctoral training period from their career path. Although traditional postdoctoral training is likely most appropriate for the majority of new Ph.D.s and M.D.s, there is a pool of talented young scientists who have the intellect, scientific creativity, drive and maturity to flourish independently without the need for traditional post-doctoral training. Reducing the amount of time they spend in training would provide them the opportunity to start highly innovative research programs as early in their careers as possible.

The NIH Director's Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists, who have already established a record of innovation and research productivity, to launch an independent research program. At the time of application, the Early Independence PI must be within twelve months before or after the completion of their Ph.D. (or equivalent) or for clinicians within twelve months before or after the completion of their medical residency (or equivalent) training.

Because MU is limited to two applications for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 5, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to a 2-page summary of the proposed research project and a 2-page biographical sketch of the applicant. Also include the names of three MU personnel who would be qualified to serve as internal reviewers for letters of intent under this program.


Up to $250,000 in direct costs each year for five years, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs to be determined at the time of award.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, November 5, 2010

External Proposal Deadlines:

Requested letter of intent due December 21, 2010
Full proposals due by January 21, 2011


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