The National Institutes of Health is once again sounding the call for research proposals that push the innovation envelope. The agency will award nearly $93 million to about 50 biomedical researchers through two grant programs: The NIH Director's linkurl:Pioneer Awards; will provide up to $2.5 million to more than 15 scientists at any stage of their careers, and the linkurl:New Innovator Awards; will provide up to $1.5 million over the same period to at least 33 researchers who have not yet received an R01 or similar NIH grant. In addition to these two programs, linkurl:Transformative R01; grants and linkurl:EUREKA; grants seek to support researchers who make bold ideas central to their work. In 2008, Pioneer and New Innovator grants went to 47 researchers. According to the NIH, the programs are designed to "support exceptionally creative scientists who take highly innovative, potentially high-impact approaches to major challenges in biomedical or behavioral...

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