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The NIH Common Fund initiative, the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program aims to accelerate biomedical, behavioral and social science discoveries by supporting exceptionally creative scientists proposing highly innovative, impactful research. Four annual funding opportunities are available, broadly divided by career stage: New Innovator Award (Early stage investigators), Pioneer Award (all career stages), Early Independence Award (junior investigators “skipping the post-doc”), and Transformative Research Award (Single/Multi PI; all career stages). As the application formats and review processes differ from standard R01s, NIH staff are hosting Q&A webinars for each initiative to answer your questions about the award.

NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (RFA-RM-19-008) – Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 1:00 PM EDT. To join the webinar, register through WebEx and submit your questions by 11:59 PM local time on Monday, July 22, 2019 to EarlyIndependence@od.nih.gov. Please review this program’s website, frequently asked questions, and video overview before submitting queries.

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