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Funding for New and Early-Stage Investigators

One essential element of the NHGRI mission is supporting researchers through their early career stages, enabling them to make the next scientific breakthroughs in the field of genomics. NHGRI welcomes applications from new and early-stage investigators through standard routes (known as Parent Announcements) and through other targeted funding opportunities, which are described below.

Contacting an NHGRI Program Director

View on YouTube: Inside the black box of the NIH funding system

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact an NHGRI program director for guidance as the applicants develop their research proposals. Investigators who are considering applying to specific funding announcements should begin by contacting the scientific/research contact listed in section VII of the announcement and below. Those who plan to apply through parent announcements, such as the parent R01 or R21, can identify appropriate program contacts by consulting the NHGRI Extramural Contacts by Research Area webpage or by searching NIH RePORTER using the Matchmaker tool.

Events and Meetings

Building a toolbox for grant writing success

Give yourself the tools you need to succeed in the increasingly competitive world of grant writing. At this session, NHGRI Program Officers and recently successful grant applicants will discuss their favorite tips and tricks for writing a strong grant application, including: deciding what to apply for, getting your ideas together, presenting them effectively - and what to do next if your application doesn’t get funded. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions. 

This session is part of the Biology of Genomes meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and is open only to registered attendees of the meeting.

Date: May 8, 2024, 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

NIH Grants Process: A Brief Walk-Through for Beginners (Webinar)

Are you new to working with the NIH grants process? If so, make plans to join your peers as the NIH walks through essential aspects of applying for funding. This event offers participants an opportunity to gain insight into the NIH’s organizational structure and how it funds research, resources to help find the right fit for your research including NIH Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs), an overview of the grants process and peer review, NIH and applicant institution roles/responsibilities, and where to access help along the way.

Hosted by the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) and the Center for Scientific Review (CSR), this simulive event includes a short recording, followed by a live Q&A with NIH experts. More than an hour will be devoted to addressing questions submitted during registration and new questions raised during the discussion. There will also be interactive opportunities to test your knowledge of submission policies and grant-related terminology.

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET

Registration Required

Genomic Innovator Seminar Series:

The NHGRI Genomic Innovator Seminar Series highlights specific areas of genomic research by pairing an early-stage investigator that is funded by the Genomic Innovator Award with a senior researcher whose work relates to the research areas.

Funding Opportunities


PAR-24-075Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant (R01, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

NHGRI participates in the Katz award program, which is intended for early-stage investigators (ESI) seeking funding for projects in an area that represents a substantial change in research direction for the PI, and for which no preliminary data exist. Preliminary data are not allowed in applications to this FOA. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to read the announcement and FAQ carefully and discuss their proposal with program staff prior to submission to ensure that this funding opportunity is appropriate.


RFA-HG-22-001: Supporting Talented Early Career Researchers in Genomics (R01, Clinical Trial Optional)

This funding opportunity announcement is open to early-stage investigators (ESI) with a long-term career interest in pursuing innovative research in genomics. This opportunity is open to research in all areas relevant to the mission of NHGRI, including genomic sciences; genomic medicine; genomic data science; and ethical, legal and social implications of genomics.

  • Next Application Due Date: February 27, 2023
  • NHGRI Program Contact: Lisa Chadwick

RFA-HG-18-006Genomic Innovator Award (R35)

The Genomic Innovator Award supports highly innovative work by early career genomics researchers who have played key roles in research consortia or other team-science efforts. A total of 29 Genomic Innovator grants were awarded between 2019 and 2021.

Other Resources

Presentations from the 2021 NIH Virtual Seminar have been archived and made available for viewing online.

NIH Early Stage Investigator Policies

Looking to connect with an NHGRI Program Director to discuss your proposal? This page can help you find the right one.

NIAID has assembled a wealth of helpful resources for grant applicants.

Information about the Center for Scientific Review’s Early Career Reviewer Program. 

The Assisted Referral Tool will suggest study sections that might be appropriate for your proposal.


Lisa Chadwick
Lisa H. Chadwick, Ph.D.
  • Program Director
  • Division of Genome Sciences

Last updated: May 17, 2024