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NIH: NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5) RFA-RM-17-008

The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program supports 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.

USC may only submit two applications in response to this program announcement. Your application submission MUST be coordinated with the Office of the Vice President for Research. Please send a standard NIH formatted biosketch and a two page abstract via email to Richard White ( by July 18, 2017.

NIH indicates that a letter of intent is due August 22, 2017 and a full application is due by September 22, 2017. For more information:

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