On Friday, January 27, NIH Director Elias Zerhouni announced the NIH Pathway to Independence Award Program, an effort to help new investigators become independent through a new grant award. The five-year Pathway to Independence Awards will include two years of support for mentored work, followed by three years of support for independent research. The second phase is intended to help awardees secure an assistant professorship, or equivalent position, to establish their own research program and apply for an R01 grant.
The press release and backgrounder on the Pathway to Independence Award Program are attached, along with a chart that details the number of anticipated awards, by institute. To access a 21-page document that explains the standards for the new program, use this link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-133.html.