NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Policy

It is no secret that it is harder than ever to secure grant funding, especially as a young researcher. NIH has been working to combat this rising trend, most notably through the Next Generation Researchers Initiative, introduced as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. As such, NIH institutes and centers will work to prioritize commendable applications from Early Stage Investigators or Early Established Investigators. To ensure eligibility and access to this program, please verify that profile information in eRA Commons is up-to-date and accurate. Eligibility for prioritized consideration will be assessed based on the following factors:

  • Early Stage Investigator – PD/PI who has completed his or her terminal research degree or the end of post-graduate clinical training (whichever date is later) within the past ten years. Those PD/PIs who have successfully competed for a previous independent research award are not eligible.
  • Early Established Investigator- PD/PI who has received his or her first substantial, independent competing NIH R01 within the last ten years.

For more information please consult NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-17-101, published August 31, 2017.