High risk NIH grants announced

Forty-seven researchers -- including 31 early career investigators -- will split a pot of $138 million dollars for research recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as bold and potentially transformative. The NIH Director's Pioneer and New Innovator Awards aim to fund high risk-high reward projects that tend to get passed over during the linkurl:peer-review selection;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54893/ for NIH R01 grants. "There's a tendency for investment early in

Jennifer Evans
Sep 21, 2008
Forty-seven researchers -- including 31 early career investigators -- will split a pot of $138 million dollars for research recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as bold and potentially transformative. The NIH Director's Pioneer and New Innovator Awards aim to fund high risk-high reward projects that tend to get passed over during the linkurl:peer-review selection;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54893/ for NIH R01 grants. "There's a tendency for investment early in career to be very conservative ... and there's some wisdom in the generic advice about not being too bold, to establish [one's career]," said Jeremy Berg, director of National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), the institute overseeing the two grants. "[With these awards] we are trying to ... give innovative young scientists a chance to do their thing." Pioneer Awards were open to scientists at all career levels, while New Innovator Awards were reserved for researchers who have not yet received...

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