University of Southern California


PAR-16-390: NIBIB Trailblazer Award for New and Early Stage Investigators (R21)

This notice was released in error. This submission is only limited by PI and requires no formal nomination process from the Office of Research. See below for more information.

Slots:                                                   One per PI                   
LOI:                                                    N/A      
Award Information:                        Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

Anticipated Amount: $400,000 maximum over a three-year funding period.

Cost Sharing:                                   This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Link to Award:

Who May Serve as PI:                  

This FOA targets investigators at the early stage of their independent research careers, and investigators integrating engineering and physical sciences with the life sciences who have not received prior NIH funding.  Eligible individuals must be a) NIH-defined Early Stage Investigators; or b) NIH-defined New Investigators. For applications with multiple PDs/PIs, all PDs/PIs must be eligible to apply for this award. All applicants to this FOA must meet the NIH definition of New or Early Stage Investigator (



This Trailblazer Award is an opportunity for New and Early Stage Investigators to pursue research programs of high interest to the NIBIB that integrate engineering and the physical sciences with the life and behavioral sciences.  This FOA invites applications from researchers who are at the early stage of their independent careers or those who have not had substantial prior NIH funding. A Trailblazer project may be exploratory, developmental, proof of concept, or high risk-high impact, and may be technology design-directed, discovery-driven, or hypothesis-driven.  Importantly, applicants are expected to propose research approaches for which there are minimal or no preliminary data.

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