NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program (DP1)

The NIH Director’s Pioneer Award complements NIH's traditional, investigator-initiated grant programs by supporting individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering and possibly transforming approaches to addressing major biomedical or behavioral challenges that have the potential to produce an unusually high impact on enhancing health, lengthening life, and reducing illness and disability. To be considered pioneering, the proposed research must reflect substantially different scientific directions from those already being pursued in the investigator’s research program or elsewhere. The NIH Director’s Pioneer Award is a component of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program of the NIH Common Fund.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Research, Health Sciences to obtain scientific and editorial review of their applications; see

Application Due Date

Friday, September 1, 2017

Link to External Announcement