MGH Internal Pre-proposal Deadline
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 – 5:00 PM
DESCRIPTION OF THE AWARD
"The NIH Director's Early Independence Award provides an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit from post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators are capable of launching directly into an independent research career. The Early Independence Award is intended for these select junior investigators who have already established a record of scientific innovation and research productivity and have demonstrated unusual scientific vision and maturity; typical post-doctoral training would unnecessarily delay their entry into independent research."
MGH is eligible to nominate two candidates for the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award. Pre-proposals will be reviewed and assessed by the ECOR Subcommittee on Review of Research Proposals (SRRP).
This award will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs. This award is limited to five years and funding will be effective in FY2022.
MGH Internal Pre-Proposal Deadline: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 5pm
Notification to MGH Candidate: Late July
NIH Letter of Intent Deadline: August 3, 2021
NIH Deadline: September 3, 2021 at 5pm
At the time of application:
Applicant must have a full-time primary appointment at MGH
There is no citizenship requirement for applicants.
Time window for eligibility: The "receipt date of the terminal doctoral degree or end of post-graduate clinical training of the PD/PI must be between June 1, 2020 and September 30, 2022. The degree receipt date is that which appears on the official transcript for the degree. The end of post-graduate clinical training includes residency and fellowship periods. The PD/PI must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow for more than twelve months before June 1, 2020.
At the time of award, either 1) 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), or 2) an authorized official of the degree-granting or training institution must certify that all degree requirements have been met and that the receipt date of the degree (as will appear on the transcript) will be before September 30, 2022; in addition, an authorized official of the host institution must certify that the PD/PI will be able to conduct independent research at the institution at the time of the project start date."
Level of effort: "Individuals must commit at least 9.6 person-months each year (80% effort of a 12 -month appointment) to the Early Independence Award project in years 1-2 of the project period. In years 3-5, awardees may reduce effort toward the Early Independence Award project but must commit at least 9.6 person-months each year (i.e. 80% effort of a 12-month appointment) to independent research in general."
Research independence at time of application: "Individuals are eligible only if they, at the time of application submission, do not have research independence. Lack of research independence is defined functionally rather than by position title. Eligible individuals must have all the following characteristics:
The candidate's "current research agenda is set through concurrence with mentors."
The candidate's "research is funded primarily through support to other investigators (mentored fellowships such as NIH F31 or F32 Fellowships or NSF Graduate Research Fellowships do not preclude eligibility)."
The candidate "does not have any space assigned directly by the institution for the conduct of his or her research."
The candidate, "according to institutional policy, cannot apply for an NIH R01 grant without special waiver or exemption from the institution."
Though candidates "must not be functionally independent at the time of application submission, they may become functionally independent prior to time of award and still retain eligibility for the award."
MGH INTERNAL PRELIMINARY APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
The MGH internal preliminary application must include the following 5 items:
1 Project Title
2. Research Proposal (2-3 pages):
Brief description of the project with an emphasis on how appropriate experience, training, and skills obtained will enable you to conduct highly innovative research
Brief description of your current scientific environment and how it will foster independent research and contribute to the probability of success
3. Biosketch of the applicant in NIH format (not a CV). Click here for a sample NIH biosketch.
4. Other Support, a list of other current and pending support sources, in the NIH format. If the applicant does not have other current or pending support sources, please indicate “none” when applicable. Click here for a sample Other Support list in the NIH format.
5. Unit, Service, or Department Chief letter of recommendation (address letters to ECOR Review Committee). The letter must describe the applicant's qualities that support the applicant's claim to possess the scientific, leadership and management skills necessary to conduct successful, completely independent research. When possible, give specific examples that illustrate these qualities. (2 pages max).
Use margins of 0.5 inches or greater
Use 11pt font size or greater.
Upload PDF documents only. Limit characters to A-Z and 0-9 when naming PDF documents. Do not use periods, commas or dashes in the file name.
HOW TO APPLY
ECOR accepts all applications online via the MGRI Online Grant Management Portal. The system has been designed to allow users to:
Create a personal profile, which will auto-populate your future ECOR applications
Assign a delegate to submit applications on your behalf (optional)
View current calls and apply to open opportunities
Save and edit current applications in progress
Submit completed applications.
Instructions for Applying Online:
1. Create your account: Log in using your Partners credentials and fill-out the profile information.
2. Complete the application: Once your profile is complete, you will automatically progress through the online application. If you cannot complete the application at one time, “save” the application and return to it at a later time to finish. Before submitting your application, you will have the ability to make changes to the application.
3. Submit your application: Once you have completed the application click on the “submit” button at the bottom of the page. Once you submit it, you will not be able to make further changes unless you send a request to ECOR (note that once the deadline passes, requests to make changes will not be accepted).
To avoid losing your work, remember to save frequently
You can only upload PDF documents
If you previously created a profile, please ensure your information is current prior to submitting an application.
Click 'Apply' below to begin the application.
If you have any questions, please email ECOR.
To review the NIH RFA guidelines, please click here.