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To enable NIH institutes to give investigators with stellar records of research accomplishment a five-year award (with a possible three- to five-year extension) that does not go through initial peer review.
Program staff nominate outstanding investigators for Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Awards (R37), which are approved by spring Council. Each year, NIAID issues about 15 new MERIT awards. Investigators may not have more than one MERIT award at a time.
MERIT awardees may receive an extension of up to an additional five years, depending on Council review and approval of an abbreviated application.
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