Program Summary

Program Summary

The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. 

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.

By the end of the award period, the Early Independence investigator is expected to be competitive for continued funding of his/her research program and for a permanent research position.

Application Limits

Application Limits

UIC may submit 2 applications.

Additional Information

Deadlines

UIC Letter of Intent
April 12, 2016
UIC Internal Competition
TBD
Sponsor Letter of Intent
August 12, 2016
Sponsor Application
September 12, 2016

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent (LOI) Form

 

Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.

 

Please contact Tony Halford at RDS@uic.edu or 6-7036 with any questions.

 

If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact RDS@uic.edu for further information.