Division of Biomedical Research Workforce

Other Training-Related Programs

Early Independence Award

Program Purpose

The purpose of this program is to support exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career.  



Career level


Within 12 months preceding, or completing, doctoral degree or medical residency.




U.S. Domestic Institutions.

Relevant Policy Notices

Forms and other Guidelines

Currently Supported Investigators

Search for currently supported investigators using NIH RePORTER

Program Data, Outcomes and Evaluations