Update on NIH's Next Generation Researchers Initiative (NGRI) Policy on Early Established Investigators (EEIs)

Notice Number: NOT-OD-18-214

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Release Date: July 26, 2018

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)


The purpose of this notice is to update NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative (NGRI) policy (NOT-OD-17-101 ) as it relates to Early Established Investigators (EEIs).


NIH remains strongly committed to the goals of NGRI to fund more early career investigators, protect meritorious at-risk scientists, and enhance biomedical research workforce diversity.

Since announcing the NGRI policy in August 2017, NIH’s strategy for achieving these goals has evolved based on on-going work by an Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) Next Generation Researchers Initiative Working Group and other stakeholder feedback. As a result, NIH will not use an EEI flag in application and review systems as described in NOT-OD-17-101.

NIH will continue to prioritize funding for Early Stage Investigators (ESIs), and pending the deliberations of the ACD Next Generation Working Group, will use an interim strategy to consider at risk investigators (investigators with meritoriously-scored applications who would not have major NIH research funding if the application under consideration is not awarded and who do not have significant research support from other sources) in its funding strategies.

NIH will continue to update the community as additional information becomes available.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Division of Biomedical Research Workforce
Office of Extramural Research
Website: https://researchtraining.nih.gov
Email: NIHTrain@mail.nih.gov