BOX 2-4 NIBIB New Investigator Policy

“The NIBIB [National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering] has established a New Investigator Pay Plan with the aim of improving the success that new investigators have in applying for R01 awards.


  • NIBIB staff will identify grant applications by investigators new to the NIH;
  • New investigators who have scores within 5 percentile points of the NIBIB stated pay line for any given fiscal year will be selected for funding.

This policy will apply only to Program Announcement and unsolicited R01 applications.”

Source of quoted material:

Despite the preference given to new investigators for R01 applications, new investigators seem to be applying for R21 exploratory/developmental grants in greater numbers. Only 11 R01 grant applications from new investigators were received by NIBIB in fiscal year 2004. In contrast, 35 new investigators received funding through the R21 program (Laas, 2005). At its January 2005 meeting, the NIBIB advisory council suggested providing grant-writing skills to help new investigators fare better in the review process (Laas, 2005).

From: 2, Where Are We Now?

Cover of Bridges to Independence
Bridges to Independence: Fostering the Independence of New Investigators in Biomedical Research.
National Research Council (US) Committee on Bridges to Independence: Identifying Opportunities for and Challenges to Fostering the Independence of Young Investigators in the Life Sciences.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2005.
Copyright © 2005, National Academy of Sciences.

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