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Opportunity Kick-off: 2023 NIH Director’s Program

Jhazzye Mosley
May 25, 2022

Research Development Opportunity Kick-off events are introductions to specific funding opportunities that provide an overview of requirements, advice and lessons learned from experienced faculty, and a chance to network with other ASU faculty.  

Sponsored by KE Research Development

The High-Risk, High-Reward Research program supports exceptionally creative scientists pursuing highly innovative research with the potential for broad impact in biomedical, behavioral, or social sciences within the NIH mission. There are four programs with rolling deadlines, different requirements and objectives, and various funding amounts.  

NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (EIA) is for exceptional junior scientists bypassing postdoctoral training to launch independent research careers. This is limited at the university level.  Limited Submission link: (internal deadline: July 8, 2022).  Sponsor deadline: September 2, 2022.  

NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (NIA) is for exceptionally creative early career scientists proposing innovative, high-impact projects. Sponsor deadline: August 19, 2022. 

NIH Director’s Pioneer Award (PA) is for scientists with outstanding records of creativity pursuing pioneering approaches to major challenges. Sponsor deadline: September 19, 2022. 

NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award (TRA) promotes cross-cutting, interdisciplinary approaches and is open to individuals and teams of investigators who propose unconventional research that could create or challenge existing paradigms. (RFA release is pending) 

Link to the solicitations: 



  • Rizal Hariadi, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics (New Innovator) 

  • Sarah Stabenfeldt, Associate Professor, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering (New Innovator) 

  • Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Associate Professor, School of Molecular Sciences (New Innovator) 

  • Rachel Levinson, Executive Director, National Initiatives 

  • Keith Aspinall, Competitive Intelligence, Research Development 

  • Quyen Wickham, Sr. Proposal Manager, Research Development 


Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022  
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm AZ 

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