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New Investigator Award

Purpose: This award is specifically designed to support new investigators in an independent research program in the focus areas covered under TRDRP research priorities.  New investigators may use this award to generate pilot data for future funding or they may use it to for an established line of research that is already supported by preliminary evidence. 

At the time of award start date, no more than five years should have elapsed since an applicant completed formal postdoctoral training, or since the doctoral degree if no postdoctoral training. Some applicants may have lapses in their research or research training, or may have periods of less than full-time effort. TRDRP will consider requests to extend the new investigator eligibility period for reasons that may include but are not limited to: medical conditions, disability, family care responsibilities, clinical training, natural disasters (e.g. pandemics), or active-duty military service. These exceptions will be determined on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of TRDRP. Please briefly describe the reason for the requested extension and the number of months for the requested extension in your Letter of Intent.

Award overview:

  • Maximum award amount per year: $200,000 (direct costs) 
  • Maximum duration: 3 years 
  • Allowable direct costs: Salaries, fringe benefits, supplies, publishing, sub-contracts*, equipment (costing more than $5,000), travel. 
  • Travel: 
    • Project-related travel: As needed (must be fully justified)
    • Travel to TRDRP conference: $750 (mandatory)
    • Scientific conference travel: Up to $2,000 per year (excluding a mandatory allocation of $750 in one year of the project for travel to the TRDRP conference; TRDRP conference to be allocated in year 1 of the budget)
  • Indirect costs: Full indirect costs are allowed to non-UC institutions. Indirect costs to UC campuses are capped at 30 percent, or 26 percent for projects conducted off-campus.

*All out-of-state sub-contracts and collaborations must be well-justified; please note that funding for out-of-state expenses are extremely limited and TRDRP does not encourage such expenses.

Award requirements:

  • TRDRP New Investigator Award applicants must have PI-status at the sponsoring institution at the time of award start date.
  • Please note that the New Investigator awards offered by the NIH are different from those offered by TRDRP. TRDRP New Investigator Awards are not mentored awards and require an independent PI status at the sponsoring institution. Applicants who do not currently have PI status are required to submit a letter from their Department Chair stating that the applicant will be granted PI status by the award start date.
  • Awardees are required to commit at least 50 percent effort to activities supported by this award for the first year. Awardees may reduce effort in years 2 and 3 pending successful milestone completion.
  • At the time of award start date, no more than five years should have elapsed since an applicant completed formal postdoctoral training, or since the doctoral degree if no postdoctoral training. Some applicants may have lapses in their research or research training, or may have periods of less than full-time effort. TRDRP will consider requests to extend the new investigator eligibility period for reasons that may include but are not limited to: medical conditions, disability, family care responsibilities, clinical training, natural disasters (e.g. pandemics), or active-duty military service. These exceptions will be determined on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of TRDRP. Please briefly describe the reason for the requested extension and the number of months for the requested extension in your Letter of Intent.
  • If a New Investigator Award application is resubmitted, the eligibility period is based on the award start date of this Call for Applications.
  • Applicant must enter the end date of their last postdoctoral training, as listed in their Biographical Sketch.
  • U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.