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DEADLINE: NIH Early Independence Awards Applications Due!

January 29, 2016

The National Institutes of Health Common Fund announces the FY 2016 funding opportunity for the NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (EIA).  The EIA initiative allows exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their transition to an independent research career by “skipping” the traditional postdoctoral training. To be eligible, candidates at time of application must be within one year (before or after) of completion of their terminal degree or clinical residency. In addition, at time of application, candidates must not be in an independent position (as defined in the FOA).  Each institution (designated by a unique DUNS identifier) may submit up to two applications in response to this FOA. Letters of intent are due Dec. 29, 2015 Applications are due January 29, 2016. See the instructions in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (RFA-RM-15-006).
To facilitate the “matching” of prospective candidates with potential host institutions, the NIH Common Fund has created a matching portal website in which institutions may indicate their interest in hosting EIA awardees and provide pertinent information. Prospective candidates will be able to use this portal to identify potential host institutions. Institutions are invited to provide information as soon as they are able. The portal will be updated on a continuing basis. Note that while registration by institutions is encouraged, it is not required and candidates may identify host institutions through other means.
Responses to Frequently Asked Questions about the Early Independence Awards initiative are available at


January 29, 2016
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