NIH Early Independence Award “intent” letters due

NIH announced the Director’s Early Independence Award in early October:

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.  It is also an opportunity for research intensive institutions to invigorate their research departments by recruiting outstanding, early career scientists.  Exceptional graduate students or clinicians nearing the completion of their Ph.D. (or equivalent) or for clinicians (M.D.s or equivalent) the end of their medical residency may contact appropriate Institutional scientific leaders to seek an appointment as an independent research scientist (For a complete listing of eligible degrees for Early Independence Investigators, please refer to Section 1. Eligible Applicants). Alternatively, Institutions may actively recruit eligible junior scientists to apply for support through this program. In either event, the Institution will be expected to provide substantial support for the junior scientist as detailed below. 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. By the end of the award period, the PI is expected to be competitive for continued funding of his/her research program and for a permanent research position.

Awards will be for 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.

Eligibility: The number of proposals UW-Madison may submit is limited to two.

Because our institution is limited to 2 proposals, if you are interested in applying, please be sure to follow the Internal Competition Application Instructions:

Notice of intent: Send an email message to with “NIH-Early Independence” in the subject line by Tuesday, November 9, 2010 to inform us of your intention to submit a proposal. Nominations are also welcome from departments, rather than individuals. Please include the following in your email message:

–Name of PI
–PI Department
–Department Chair
–2-3 sentence description of research project
–short paragraph summarizing department’s commitment to PI (see above for NIH requirements)

For more information on the Early Independence Program and application instructions: