University of Southern California


RFA-ES-21-001: Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Slots:                                        1

Internal Deadline:                      Schools can coordinate their own deadlines for this competition.

LOI:                                          January 26, 2021

External Deadline:                     February 26, 2021

Submission Process:                  Schools should coordinate their own submission processes for this competition.

Award Type:                              Grant

Estimated Number of Awards:    NIEHS intends to commit $3 million per year in fiscal years 2021, 2022, and 2023 to fund 5-6 awards.

Anticipated Amount:                  See above.


Who May Serve as PI:                    To be eligible for this award, applicants must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent graduate degree.

PD(s)/PI(s) must be NIH defined Early Stage Investigators and this eligibility must be included in the NIH Commons record prior to the review of the application.

In addition, PD/PI’s must have faculty appointments which are tenure track or equivalent, generally at the level of Assistant Professor, Research Assistant Professor, and have demonstrated outstanding abilities in basic, clinical, quantitative, or population-based research. Individuals must have established research independence from a mentor, and have dedicated, independent laboratory space or access to the clinical, population-based and/or public health research resources which will allow them to conduct the research proposed in the grant application as the lead, independent PD/PI.

Due to the focus on the career enhancement of the individual, multiple PD/PI applications will not be accepted.

Purpose:                                   The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award is intended to identify the most talented Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who intend to make a long-term commitment to research in the Environmental Health Sciences and assist them in launching an innovative research program focused on understanding the effects of environmental exposure on people’s health.

Budgetary Requirements:           The budget for direct costs is composed of two elements – research direct costs and career enhancement costs. For most applications, the budget for research direct costs should be limited to $250,000 per year. With strong justification, research projects which have inherently higher costs may request direct costs of up to $400,000 per year. Career enhancement direct costs are limited to $250,000 direct costs, which can be distributed over the 5-year award period. Note: the total direct cost budget (research plus career enhancement) may not exceed $475,000 in any year of the award.

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