NIH Director’s Early Independence Award - 2021

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


Time window for eligibility: Given the focus on early research independence, the receipt date of the terminal doctoral degree or end of post-graduate clinical training of the PD/PI must be between June 1, 2019 and September 30, 2021. The degree receipt date is that which appears on the official transcript for the degree. The end of post-graduate clinical training includes residency and fellowship periods. At the time of application, the PD/PI must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous (not the most recent) doctoral degree for more than twelve months.

Applications accepted from 06/05/2020 9AM to 07/08/2020 11PM.