If you think your research is too risky to qualify for NIH funding, think again. The NIH is currently soliciting proposals that: “Encourage creative, outside-the-box thinkers to pursue exciting and innovative ideas about biomedical research.” Opportunities for 2012 include:
- NIH Directors Pioneer Award Program (DP1): Provides up to $500,000 per year for five years for exceptionally creative investigators whose research has the potential to transform biomedical or behavioral research. Applicants may submit only one application as a PI, and must commit at least 51% of their research efforts to activities supported by the award. Applications for this award are due October 7, 2011.
- NIH Directors New Innovator Award Program (DP2): Provides up to $300,000 per year for five years for Early Stage Investigators who are proposing impactful, unconventional research in any scientific area relevant to the mission of NIH. Applications are due October 7, 2011. See full announcement for specific eligibility requirements.
Both of these awards are part of the NIH Common Fund, which supports high-risk, high-reward research in any area of biomedical research. This fall, in addition to soliciting applications for the DP1 and DP2, the NIH is also seeking input on what type of programs that Common Fund should support in 2013. To participate in the discussion, visit the NIH Common Fund Strategic Planning website by September 14, 2011.