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NIH Director's Early Independence Awards
Internal Deadline: October 11, 2013 at 5pm

Organization deadlines:
Letter of Intent due: December 31, 2013 by 5pm
Full Proposal: January 31, 2014 by 5pm

Solicitation: RFA-RM-13-009

Internal Competition Due Date: October 11, 2013 (by 5:00 P.M.)

Institutional Limit: Only up to two applications per institution allowed

Eligibility: At the time of application, the Early Independence Award candidate must be within twelve months before or after the completion of their PhD (or equivalent) or for clinicians within twelve months before or after the completion of their medical residency (or equivalent) training. In addition, at the time of application, the Early Independence investigator must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous doctoral degree for more than one year.

Synopsis of Program: 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.

UM Internal Competition Deadline: October 11, 2013 5:00pm

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, we need from you:

A three-to-four (3-4) page summary outlining:

1. The scope of your proposal

2. Why it should be viewed as a priority for the University of Michigan

3. How it meets the Early Independence program goals

4. The outcomes you anticipate if your research is successful

5. Any peer-reviewed comments received from any related submission

6. The estimated total cost of the project

7. List of co-investigators involved in the proposal

8. List of anticipated authors for requisite reference letters

Please submit the summary as a single PDF to:

Please provide a copy to your Research Associate Dean

The UM Office of Research, in consultation with others, will review the submissions and decide which candidates should go forward.

Internal proposals will be evaluated based on the impact and strength of the proposed research; how well the proposal responds to the interests of the sponsor; and priority for the University of Michigan.

Those selected to go forward will be notified no later than November 1, 2013
You can retrieve an electronic version of the opportunity directly from National Institutes of Health by following this link:

If you have any questions about this solicitation, please direct them to ORSP NIH project representative Terri Maxwell [].

Current limited submissions opportunities