NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program
The Pioneer Award program supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering and highly innovative approaches with the potential to produce an unusually high impact on biomedical or behavioral research. The proposed research must be novel and differ substantially from research already pursued in the investigator’s laboratory. Research in a wide range of fields is welcome, including biological, behavioral, clinical, social, physical, chemical, computational, engineering, and mathematical sciences. Investigators at all career stages are eligible and must commit the major portion (at least 51%) of their research effort to activities supported by the Pioneer Award.