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Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant

The Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant supports an innovative project in an area of science that represents a change in research direction for an early stage investigator (ESI) and for which no preliminary data exist.

Current Funding Opportunities

  • PAR-24-075: Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant (Parent R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • PAR-24-076: Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant (Parent R01 Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required)

Each opportunity includes a table of institute-specific information, requirements and staff contacts (PAR-24-075 Agency Contacts; PAR-24-076 Agency Contacts). The scientific contacts provided can help you determine if these opportunities are a good fit for your proposal. 

Application Due Dates

Application Due Dates  
NewResubmissionAIDS and AIDS-Related
January 26, 2024February 27, 2024April 26, 2024
May 29, 2024June 26, 2024August 26, 2024
September 26, 2024October 28, 2024December 28, 2024
January 28, 2025February 26, 2025April 26, 2025
May 28, 2025June 26, 2025August 26, 2025
September 26, 2025October 28, 2025December 28, 2025
January 27, 2026February 26, 2026April 26, 2026
May 27, 2026June 26, 2026August 26, 2026
September 28, 2026October 26, 2026December 28, 2026


Dr. Stephen I. Katz


Dr. Stephen I. Katz directed the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases from August 1995 until his death in December 2018. He is remembered as an outstanding scientist, administrator, and civil servant who was committed to excellence, transparency, integrity, and public trust. But perhaps most noteworthy were his strong commitment to mentorship, his unbridled enthusiasm, and his willingness to devote significant amounts of his time to guiding junior scientists. Based in part on his own career experiences, he frequently advocated for an NIH mechanism by which an early-stage investigator could receive support for a project unrelated to his or her area of postdoctoral study. Dr. Katz was passionate about motivating scientists to think outside the box, and this award mechanism is intended to provide a unique opportunity for early-stage investigators to take their research in a completely new direction, thereby stimulating innovation and encouraging new approaches to solving problems.