As part of the NIAID commitment to increase opportunities for post-doctoral fellows, the NIAID New Innovator Award (DP2), PAR-19-296, was published last week. The purpose is to support post-doctoral investigators of exceptional creativity who propose highly innovative bold new research with the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical research relevant to the mission of NIAID. Applicants approved for funding would have one year to secure an independent, tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty position at an U.S. extramural institution to activate the award.  Through this initiative, NIAID wants to encourage shorter post-doctoral fellowships and provide the opportunity for creative scientists with little to no preliminary data to start their independent careers earlier. NIAID intends to award up to 10 applications per year.

Please share this FOA with any talented non-independent postdocs (research and/or clinical doctorate degree, U.S. or non-U.S. citizens), as well as with investigators who may know of appropriate candidates. The next receipt date is Oct 10, 2019 (once per year); clinical trials are not allowed for this FOA. The DAIDS contact for this PAR is:

Diane Lawrence, PhD
Program Officer, Pathogenesis and Basic Research Branch
Basic Science Program, Division of AIDS, NIAID