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Next Generation Researchers Initiative
Last Revised: August 31, 2017


  1. Where will the money come from?
    Reprioritization of funding by the directors of NIH Institutes and Centers.
  2. When will the changes be implemented?

    This fiscal year (FY 2017) our goal is to fund approximately 200 more awards with ESIs than funded in FY16.  In addition, our goal for FY 2017 is to achieve an overall opportunity for funding 200 more EEIs across the NIH than in FY2016.  

  3. What types of grant applications will receive special consideration?

    R01 equivalent applications with PD/PIs who are early-stage investigators, and select early-established investigators.

  4. Do I need to do anything special to be considered for this funding?

    There are no additional steps required by applicants beyond ensuring their eRA Commons Personal Profile information is accurate. NIH will identify the new, ESI, and EEI investigators who would be eligible for special funding consideration (note EEI designation will appear in eRA Commons profiles by January 2018).

  5. How will you evaluate the effectiveness of the policy?

    NIH will track, on an ongoing basis, the numbers of investigators at each career stage that are being supported.

  6. What happened to the concept of the Grant Support Index (GSI)?

    Valid concerns were raised by the community about the potential unintended consequences of implementing the GSI policy as proposed. The new approach, the Next Generation Researchers Initiative, will support more early stage and early established investigators than would have been supported through the use of the GSI. As part of the Next Generation Researchers Initiative, we will continue to pursue multiple approaches to develop and test metrics that can be used to assess the impact of NIH grant support on scientific progress. 

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