Early Stage and New Investigators

Below are sources of information to learn about NIH definitions, policies, and grant awards available to Early Stage and New Investigators; NIH training on the grants process; and FAQs.


Early Stage Investigator
An Early Stage Investigator (ESI) is a New Investigator who has completed his/her terminal research degree or medical residency (or the equivalent and whichever date is later) within the past 10 years and has not yet been awarded a substantial, competing NIH research grant.

New Investigator
In general, a Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) is considered a New Investigator if he/she has not previously competed successfully as a PD/PI for a substantial NIH independent research award other than for early stage or small research grants or certain training, infrastructure, and career awards.

NIH Definitions, Policies, and Awards
View NIH definitions of Early Stage and New Investigators, related policies, and information about the Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) and New Innovator Awards.

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NIH Regional Grants Seminars
Each year, NIH sponsors two Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants to help demystify the application and review process, clarify Federal regulations and policies, and highlight current areas of special interest or concern. The Seminars are for grants administrators, researchers new to NIH, and graduate students.

New Grantee Workshop
View presentations from a New Grantee Workshop held by the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) in September 2017. This Workshop brought together 35 investigators who had been awarded their first Research Project Grants (R01s) in 2016 and 2017. Through interactive sessions and informal activities, grantees learned strategies to successfully manage their grant; had opportunities to network with colleagues and DCCPS scientific staff; and learned about tools, trends, and resources to support their research.

NIH Tips for ApplicantsExternal Web Site Policy
In "NIH Tips for Applicants," NIH reviewers and staff provide insights on improving one's chances of obtaining a grant. This video was created by NIH's Center for Scientific Review.

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