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Funding News - Pioneer Award Program

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NIH requests applications for the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award Program.

This announcement is an NIH Roadmap Initiative. The NIH Roadmap is an innovative approach to accelerate fundamental discovery and translate that knowledge into effective prevention strategies and new treatments.

This program is a unique aspect of the NIH Roadmap. Pioneer awards support individual exceptionally creative scientists who propose pioneering—and possibly transformative—approaches to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research. To be considered pioneering, the proposed research must reflect ideas substantially different from those already being pursued in the investigator’s laboratory or elsewhere. The proposed research may be in any scientific area relevant to the NIH mission but need not be in a conventional biomedical or behavioral discipline.

Application Due Date:  May 14, 2009

Potential applicants should contact Dr. Ravi Basavappa, program director, Biophysics Branch, NIGMS; telephone: 301-594-0828; email: For more information visit