NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5 - Clinical Trial Optional) 2020

Please note, only TWO applications from each BWH department (and TWO applications from each division within the Department of Medicine) may be submitted for this limited submission funding opportunity. Please seek approval from your department chair or division chief before submitting your application.


Program Details:

This award supports outstanding junior scientists with the intellect, scientific creativity, drive, and maturity launch independent research careers and bypass the traditional postdoctoral training period.

  • Single-PI applications only
  • Limited to two applications per institution
  • Visit the NIH Common Fund website for more information and FAQs


Funding and Award Details:

Up to $250,000 direct costs per year for up to 5 years



Early stage Investigators in a non-independent position at time of application who have completed their doctoral degree or clinical training between June 1, 2018 and September 30, 2020. Note: To be consistent with the updated NIH definition of Early Stage Investigators, eligible clinical training includes medical residency and clinical fellowships.

Applications accepted from 04/04/2019 12PM to 07/08/2019 11PM.