New and Early Stage Investigator Policies

​A New Investigator is an NIH research grant applicant who has not yet been awarded a substantial, competing NIH research grant. For example, a Principal Investigator (PI) who has previously received a competing NIH R01 research grant is no longer considered a New Investigator. However, a PI who has received a small grant (R03) or an Exploratory, Developmental Research Grant Award (R21) retains their status as a New Investigator. For a complete list of NIH grants that do not disqualify a PD/PI from being considered a New Investigator, visit New Investigator Resources.

An Early Stage Investigator (ESI), is a subset of the New Investigator classification who has completed their terminal research degree or medical residency, whichever date is later, within the past 10 years and has not yet been awarded a substantial, competing NIH research grant. The dates that start the period of classification as an ESI are entered in the investigator's eRA Commons Profile. ESIs are identified in eRA Commons based on information entered about degree conferral date or the end of residency date, whichever is most recent. Please note, NIH will take into consideration up to an additional 13 months of leave taken for personal reasons. If an extension is required, please either submit a letter with your application detailing your request for additional time or call NIH before review of your proposal so they can validate this and give you your proper status as an ESI. You may also make this request online here.

Per NOT-OD-11-057, NIH has given New Investigators (including Early Stage Investigators) the option for resubmitting their applications for consecutive review cycles. Per NIH, "this provides quicker feedback on the initial peer review and potentially minimizes delays in the progression to funding." Moreover, in order to assist New Investigators in preparing their resubmissions, NIH has chan​ged the schedule for release of summary statements for the initial R01 reviewed application and the due date for the next cycle resubmission. Please be aware that this does not apply to R01s submitted in response to an RFA or a PAR with a special due date.

Due date for New R01 (A0) application​
Study Section Meeting WindowSummary Statement Release

Due Date for Next Round Resubmission (A1)

February 5May/June/JulyJuly 10August 10
June 5Sept/Oct/NovNovember 10December 10
October 5Jan/Feb/MarchMarch 10April 10

The Early Independence Award (EIA) program is designed to help exceptional junior investigators leapfrog over traditional post doctoral training and move into independent academic positions at U.S. institutions, directly upon completion of their graduate research degrees. EIA recipients are awarded up to $250,000 in direct costs per year for up to five years for research that complements and enhances an institution's research program.

Please see NIH's EIA Program Website for additional information.

UC San Diego is only allowed to submit two (2) applications for this announcement each year. If you are interested in applying, please contact hsfunding@ucsd.edu.