Research Management Group (RMG)

NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5) RFA-RM-13-009
*Request for Nominations*

**$1.25M Limited NIH program—a university-wide internal selection process is required. ** The School of Medicine will facilitate the internal selection process for the university per the internal submission guidelines in this message.

This webpage contains the internal selection process held in 2013 and is for your reference only.  This webpage will be updated when the 2014 program is announced.

Nominations from the Schools of Medicine, Humanities and Sciences and Engineering are encouraged.

The NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Please see the purpose and eligibility criteria below.

Timeline:
Internal deadline for nomination packets*: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, 4 p.m. (see internal submission guidelines below)
NIH Letter of intent deadline: Dec. 31, 2013
NIH Application receipt date: Jan. 31, 2014
Earliest start date: Sept. 2014

# of applicants permitted from Stanford: 2 (see internal submission guidelines below)

Amount of funding: $250,000 direct costs /yr x 5 yrs. $1.25 million in total direct costs. (10 to be awarded)

Purpose:
This FOA issued by the National Institutes of Health, solicits applications for the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5) from institutions or organizations that propose to appoint and support exceptional, early career scientists directly following the completion of their Ph.D. (or equivalent) or, for clinical candidates, the completion of their medical residence, into an independent academic research position (an Instructor appointment, not a Clinical Instructor appointment, here at Stanford), thereby omitting the traditional post-doctoral training period from their career path.

Program Guidelines: link to NIH announcement >>

Eligibility --please read carefully

IMPORTANT-PLEASE READ: Although traditional post-doctoral training is likely most appropriate for the majority of new Ph.D.s and, for clinical candidates, [M.D.s who have completed their medical residence], the DP5 applicant must be amongst " a pool of talented young scientists who have the intellect, scientific creativity, drive and maturity to flourish independently without the need for traditional post-doctoral training."

At the time of application (by Jan. 31, 2014), the Early Independence PI must:

  • be within 12 months before or after the completion of their Ph.D.
  • clinical candidates must be within 12 months before or after the completion of their medical residence. [The fellowship training period is NOT included in the clinical residency or equivalent training period.]
  • The date of the degree receipt is that which appears on the official transcript for the degree.
  • At the time of funding to the grantee Institution, the Early Independence investigator must have received a PhD, MD, DO, DC, DDS, DVM, OD, DPM, ScD, EngD, Dr PH, DNSc, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy), PharmD, DSW, PsyD, or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution (it is the responsibility of the sponsoring institution to determine if a foreign doctoral degree is equivalent).
  • In addition, at the time of application [Jan. 31, 2014] the Early Independence investigator must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous doctoral degree for more than one year.
  • By the end of the award period, the Early Independence investigator is expected to be competitive for continued funding of his/her research program and for a permanent research position.
  • The host institution must be identified and documentation must be provided about the applicant's academic research appointment [Instructor appointment, not a Clinical Instructor appointment, here at Stanford]** and institutional commitment (lab space, administrative support, etc.)
  • Institutions may actively recruit eligible junior scientists to apply for support through this program.
  • The DP5 candidate's research plan musts include a scientific area relevant to the NIH mission for which the investigator has demonstrated expertise
  • A PD/PI (the nominee/candidate) is permitted only a single application for a DP5 NIH Early Independence Award.

STANFORD ELIGIBILITY CLARIFICATION: per Dr. Ann Arvin the Dean of Research Office:

  • The type of academic research appointment for a DP5 PI, if funded, here at Stanford would be an "Instructor" position [not a clinical instructor posItion].[**per the guidelines, the appointment need not be permanent, and can be contingent upon receipt of funding]
  • the department must confirm that the candidate, if funded, would be provided dedicated lab space, equipment and administrative support.
  • the department must provide Institutional commitment to permit the PI to conduct full-time, independent research, excepting
  • the minimal clinical commitments required for clinician researchers and minimal, optional teaching commitments;


You must check with the nominee regarding:

 

In the application, the prospective Early Independence investigator and the prospective Grantee Institution will be required to provide:

Early Independence PD(s)/PI(s):


Grantee Institution:

 

Internal Submission Guidelines (nomination packets)

By Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, 4 p.m.., please send 2 PDF files via email attachment to:

Jeanne Heschele
Research Management Group
650-245-2351
jheschele@stanford.edu

#1 One PDF file containing a scanned copy of the original signed nomination letter (#1 below) should be kept confidential and sent directly to Jeanne Heschele at jheschele@stanford.edu
[file name: Last name_DP5_EIA_letter.pdf]
#2 One PDF file containing the items #2, #3, #4 below-- title page, research proposal, candidate's CV (in that order, please)--can be sent separately to Jeanne Heschele at jheschele@stanford.edu
[file name: Last name_DP5_EIA_proposal.pdf]

PDF file #1: Nominator letter

1) Nominator letter [confidential]-to be sent separately to Jeanne by the nominator/department
Nominator (candidate's faculty advisor): please send the PDF of the scanned original letter directly to:
Jeanne Heschele
Research Management Group
650-245-2351
jheschele@stanford.edu

This nominator letter, prepared by the nominee's scientific faculty advisor, and co-signed by the Division Chief (if applicable) and the Department Chair, printed on department letterhead, and addressed to Dr. Peter Sarnow and the School of Medicine Awards Committee must:

 

PDF file #2 (a single PDF file containing the title page, research proposal and CV)

2) Title Page
Name of this RFA: NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5) RFA-RM-13-009
Title of the nominee's research proposal
Name of Nominee, current title, department, institution, contact information
Ph.D. candidates: the official date the Ph.D. was obtained, or the date the Ph.D. will be completed (reminder: at the time of the application [Jan. 31, 2014], the candidate should be within 12 months before receiving the degree or within 12 months after receiving the degree.
Clinical candidates: the official date the medical residence was completed or will be completed (reminder: at the time of the application [Jan. 31, 2014], the candidate should be within 12 months before completing his/her medical residence, or within 12 months after completing his/her medical residence)
Name of nominator: advisor, title, department, contact information
Name of department chair, department, contact information

3) 4 page research proposal indicating specific aims, etc. (references and figures are not included in the page total). Font size: no smaller than size 11. Single-spaced. REMINDER: Per the guidelines: the research plan must be in a scientific area relevant to the NIH mission for which the investigator has demonstrated expertise.

4) Nominee's CV

Selection process.
The School of Medicine Awards Committee will review the nomination packets submitted from all Schools and select the two DP5 Principal Investigators (PI's) to represent Stanford. The NIH application deadline is Jan. 31, 2014.


 

 


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