Identify Funding Opportunities Proposal Development Award Management Compliance Review and Oversight Education and Training Technology Transfer
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Identify Funding Proposals Proposal Development Award Management Compliance Review and Oversight Education and Training Technology Transfer

Limited Submissions

NIH Director's Early Independence Award

Key Deadlines: October 31, 2013, 5:00pm (CWRU Letter of Intent), December 31, 2013, 5:00pm EST (agency Letter of Intent), January 31, 2014, 5:00pm EST (agency application).

The NIH Director's Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists, who have already established a record of innovation and research productivity, to have an accelerated entry into an independent research career. It is also an opportunity for research intensive institutions to invigorate their research departments by recruiting outstanding, early career scientists. Exceptional graduate students or clinicians nearing the completion of their PhD (or equivalent) or for clinicians (MD or equivalent) the end of their medical residency may contact appropriate Institutional scientific leaders to seek an appointment as an independent research scientist.

Number of Applications Allowed: Two candidates as determined by the institution.

Amount of Funding: $250,000 per year, in direct costs, for a five-year period

The official announcement and description of this opportunity may be found on the foundation's website:

Informational Webinar

An informational webinar is scheduled for October 10, 2013 at 3pm EDT. While the federal government is in a shutdown status, you may still register for the webinar here. In the event that the federal government has not reopened we will reschedule the webinar for a later date.


Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.

  • Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.
  • Multiple PD(s)/PI(s) are not permitted for this FOA.
  • At the time of application, the individual either 1) within the preceding twelve months must have received a terminal doctoral degree or completed medical residency or 2) within the following twelve months must complete all the requirements for a doctoral degree or complete a medical residency. The fellowship training period is NOT included in the clinical residency or equivalent training period. The date of degree receipt is that which appears on the official transcript for the degree. The time of application is the date when the application is submitted electronically to NIH through In addition, at the time of application, the PD/PI must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous doctoral degree for more than one year.
  • At the time of funding to the grantee Institution, the Early Independence investigator must have received a PhD, MD, DO, DC, DDS, DVM, OD, DPM, ScD, EngD, Dr PH, DNSc, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy), PharmD, DSW, PsyD, or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution (it is the responsibility of the sponsoring institution to determine if a foreign doctoral degree is equivalent). Certification by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution that all degree requirements have been met is also acceptable.
  • A PD/PI is permitted only a single application for an Early Independence Award.
Submission Process
   Step 1

For consideration as a finalist, investigators should submit the following materials as PDF e-mail attachments to Dr. Suzanne Rivera at no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 31, 2013:

  1. A one page letter of intent.
  2. A CV.
  3. An NIH-style biosketch.
  4. A letter of support from your chair.

   Step 2

Final nominees will be notified of their selection by November 8, 2013.

   Step 3

NIH deadline for Letter of Intent is December 31, 2013.

   Step 4

Complete proposals are due in the CWRU Office of Research Administration by January 24, 2014.

   Step 5

NIH deadline for Application is January 31, 2014.

The Date Action Days to the Deadline
10/31/2013 Letter of Intent due in Research Administration office Past
11/8/2013 Review completed Past
12/31/2013 Letter of Intent due to NIH Past
1/24/2014 Proposal due to Research Administration Past
1/31/2014 Proposal due to Sponsor Past
University Contact

Please contact Dr. Suzanne Rivera in the Office of Research Administration at if you have questions about the process.