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Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)



The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)

Research Office Letter of Intent Submission Deadline: 

Monday, September 23, 2013 by 5:00 PM

The NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit by post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators would benefit instead by launching directly into an independent research career. For these select investigators, who have established a record of scientific innovation and research productivity and who have demonstrated unusual leadership, drive, and maturity, post-doctoral training would unnecessarily delay their entry into performing independent research. The NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards also provide an opportunity for institutions to invigorate their research programs by bringing in the fresh perspectives of the awardees that they host.

At the time of application, the Early Independence Award candidate must be within twelve months before or after the completion of their PhD (or equivalent) or for clinicians within twelve months before or after the completion of their medical residency (or equivalent) training.

Limit Summary: Two applications per institution.

In an effort to provide the highest level of excellence and viability for funding, a review process will be put in place if more than two letters of intent are submitted. The finalist will be asked to represent Oregon State University and to submit their application to the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award program by the NIH letter of intent deadline of December 31, 2013.

Information:  Mary Phillips at mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390

Guidance for preparation of Letter of Intent to the Research Office:

  • Title of Project
  • NIH Program Title
  • PI, Department and College
    • Statement of how an Early Independence Award would accelerate entry into an independent research position and why this would be of benefit to your career
    • Evidence of exceptional scientific creativity and productivity
    • Brief description of the scientific research challenge
      • Significance to the biomedical/behavioral research community
      • Expected impact of your research on this challenge
    • Detailed budget being requested from NIH (limit one page)
    • Biosketch for PI (limit two pages)
    • Letters of intent are limited to six pages (including budget and biosketch, single spaced, 12 pt. font)
    • Submit electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to:  molly.mcferran@oregonstate.edu

Contact Info

Incentive Programs
Research Office
Oregon State University
A312 Kerr Administration
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone 541-737-8390
Fax 541-737-9041
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