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High Risk but High Reward Grant Session

Did you know that NIH actively seeks grants with big ideas that can substantively change how research is done, mechanisms are understood or diseases are treated?

Through a Common Fund from all NIH institutes, these High-risk, high-reward grants require a very different application (often fewer pages, no specific aims, no prelim data needed) and provide funds from $250 to 700K per year for five years without any specific budget information required. There are several award programs and investigators at any career stage can apply (see below).

On Tuesday, July 16, we will have a midday session with three Hopkins faculty that are current recipients of these high risk high reward grants. They will share their story about developing their big idea, preparing the application and lessons learned. If you are interested in learning more or considering one of these applications, please attend!

High Risk but High Reward!
Understanding these NIH Opportunities from Current Awardees:
Andy Feinberg, Natalia Trayanova, Sunil Solomon
Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Tumulty Conference room, 9th floor, 1830 Building

To join the event via Zoom, visit:

NIH High risk high reward program

NIH Director’s Pioneer Award Program (DP1)
Due date: September 9

NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program (DP2)
Due date: August 26

NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)
Due date: September 13

NIH Director’s Transformative Research Awards (R01)
Due date: September 21

NIDA specific opportunities

NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS and Drug Use Research
Due date: August 14

Avenir Award Program for Genetics or Epigenetics of Substance Use Disorders
Due date: October 21

We look forward to seeing you next week!

-Greg Kirk and Brian O'Rourke, DOM Vice Chairs for Research


Kelsey Bennett