Notice of Addition of Eligibility Criterion for the 2012 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program (RFA-RM-11-005)

Notice Number: NOT-RM-11-022

Key Dates

Release Date:  August 16, 2011  

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Common Fund (Roadmap)


The purpose of this Notice is to highlight the following addition to the eligibility criteria for individuals applying to the 2012 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award program. The full text of the FOA, which was published on August 10, 2011, can be accessed at

Applicants also must hold an independent research position at a domestic (U.S.) institution as of September 1, 2012. For the purpose of this FOA, “independent research position” means a position that automatically confers eligibility, by the applicant’s institutional policy, for an investigator to apply for R01 grants, with an appropriate commitment of facilities to be used for the conduct of the propose research. Investigators still in training or mentored status (postdoctoral fellows) are not eligible to apply unless they have a written commitment of an independent faculty position as of September 1, 2012 that is certified by submission of the application from that institution.

All other aspects of the FOA remain unchanged.


For questions regarding this specific notice, please contact, preferably by e-mail:

Alberto Rivera-Rentas, Ph.D.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institutes of Health
Building 45, Room 2As37, MSC 6200
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-6200
Phone: 301-594-4469

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