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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-21-038: Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant (Parent R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • PAR-21-039: 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-21-038 Agency Contacts; PAR-21-039 Agency Contacts). The scientific contacts provided can help you determine if these opportunities are a good fit for your proposal. 

Application Due Dates

The following due dates apply to New and Resubmission applications: 

  • Non-AIDS applications:  January 26, 2021; May 26, 2021; September 28, 2021; January 26, 2022; May 26, 2022; September 27, 2022; January 26, 2023; May 26, 2023; September 26, 2023
  • AIDS and AIDS-related applications: April 26, 2021; August 26, 2021; December 28, 2021; April 26, 2022; August 26, 2022; December 28, 2022; April 26, 2023; August 26, 2023; December 28, 2023

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.