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NIH’s Pioneer and Innovator Awards

NIH’s Pioneer and Innovator Awards: Are These High Risk-High Reward Programs Right for You?

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Presenter: John W. Ludlow, Ph.D
Webinar Date: CD-Rom, MP4 and PDF Transcript.
All formats include the PDF presentation handouts.

Length: 60 minutes

The NIH Common Fund was enacted into law by Congress through the 2006 NIH Reform Act to support cross-cutting, trans-NIH programs that require participation by at least two NIH Institutes or Centers (ICs). The intent of NIH Common Fund program is to provide a strategic and nimble approach to address key roadblocks in biomedical research that impede basic scientific discovery and its translation into improved human health. In short, the common fund supports high risk-high reward programs.

The common fund now includes the NIH Director’s Pioneer and New Innovator Awards, which are open to academic researchers. Although both awards are designed to support creativity and innovation, the Pioneer award must propose research reflecting ideas substantially different from those already being pursued in the investigator’s laboratory or elsewhere, whereas the Innovator Award is designed specifically to support new investigators at an early stage of their career when they may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant.

While this information-packed Webinar will cover the general aspects of the high risk-high reward programs, including the Transformative Research Award and the Early Independence Award, the goal is to provide information and a rationale to help you decide if the Pioneer or Innovative Awards are right for your project.  Also discussed will be the eligibility requirements and the application process for these two types of awards, while highlighting strategies to best position your application for successfully being awarded funds.

5 Key Take-Aways:

  • Understanding the competition process for these award types.
  • Ensuring that you are identified as an early stage investigator for the Innovator Award.
  • How your previous funding can affect your early stage investigator status.
  • Eligibility requirements.
  • Other programs supported by the NIH Common Fund.

Who Should Attend:

  • Any principal investigator, post-doctoral fellow, graduate student



Dr. John Ludlow

John W. Ludlow, Ph.D, began his academic faculty career at the University of Rochester (NY) in 1991, with appointments in the department of biochemistry at the medical school and the university’s cancer research center. During this time he maintained an independently funded research laboratory training graduate students and post doctoral fellows in the area of tumor suppressor gene expression, protein structure, and function. Funding for his laboratory came from a variety of sources, including the NIH, the American Cancer Society, and private foundations. Dr. Ludlow began working in the commercial biotechnology sector in 2000, developing and managing research and pre-clinical programs for cell therapy and tissue engineered products, where he has continued to compete in, and advise on, multiple NIH award programs.

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