The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites applications for National Institutes of Health (NIH) pathway to independence (PI) awards. This announcement is made together with 23 other components of the NIH. *
One of the most challenging transitions in any research career is that from postdoctoral trainee to independent scientist. NIH data indicate that the average age of first-time (new) principal investigators obtaining R01 research funding from the NIH has risen to 42 years for Ph.D. degree holders and 44 years for M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. degree holders. This trend must be curtailed in order to capture the creativity and innovation of new independent investigators in their early career stages to address the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. The primary goal of this initiative is to help researchers receive an R01 award earlier in their careers and to assist them in securing stable research positions during the critical transition stages of their careers.
The NIH PI award will provide up to 5 years of support consisting of 2 phases. The initial mentored phase will provide support for salary and research expenses for up to 2 years for the most promising and exceptionally talented new investigators who have no more than 5 years of postdoctoral research training experience at the time of initial application or subsequent resubmission(s). This initial phase of mentored support will allow the candidate time to complete research, publish results, and bridge to an independent research position. As part of the application, the candidate must propose a research project that he/she will also pursue as an independent investigator during the second phase of the award. Following the mentored phase, the individual may request up to 3 years of support to transition—as an independent scientist—to an extramural sponsoring institution/organization to which the individual has been recruited. This support will allow the individual to continue to work toward establishing his/her own independent research program and to prepare an application for regular research grant support (R01).
For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Stephen Korn, Director, Training and Career Development, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2186, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: 301-496-4188; fax: 301-594-5929; e-mail: NINDStrainingoffice@ninds.nih.gov.
*For a full list of supporting NIH components and a more detailed description of this announcement, please visit the NIH web site at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-133.html.