Bacteriology professor Jorge Escalante recently received a MERIT Award from the NIH for his work on vitamin B12 biosynthesis and anaerobic metabolism in salmonella. This unsolicited award provides an additional three to five years of support for Escalante’s current NIH R01 grant, giving him time to expand the scope of this important research program.
The MERIT Award (R37) program provides a means to recognize the most outstanding R01 applications from superior researchers. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognizes researchers who have demonstrated superior competence and outstanding productivity in research endeavors by the highly selective award, the MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) Award. MERIT Awards provide long-term support to investigators with impressive records of scientific achievement in research areas of special importance or promise.