Seeking Nominations for Sexual and Gender Minority Investigator Awards Program

Funding News Edition: May 15, 2019
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The NIH Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) is requesting letters of intent (LOIs) for its annual investigator awards program. SGMRO will offer two non-monetary awards of recognition to Early-Stage Investigators (ESI).

Mentors or colleagues may nominate candidates, or candidates may self-nominate. In line with the NIH definition of ESI, there is no citizenship requirement for nominees, nor are nominees required to already hold an NIH award.

The nomination package should include:

  • CV and NIH Biosketch—include a link to the nominee’s My Bibliography in PubMed; if you don’t have a My Bibliography page, create one following the steps listed at Creating a Bibliography.
  • Letter of Nomination—1,000-word limit from a mentor or colleague, preferably demonstrating the lasting significance and impact of the nominee’s work
  • Two letters of endorsement from other mentors or colleagues
  • PDF of a first-authored, peer-reviewed article published within the last two-years. In-press articles can be included. 

A panel of NIH staff will make awardee recommendations, and the directors of SGMRO and NIH's Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives will select awardees based on these recommendations.

The deadline to submit a letter of intent is May 20, 2019, and final nominations are due June 10, 2019.

For more information, including how and where to send LOIs, read the April 18, 2019 Guide notice. Direct inquiries to SGMRO Director Karen Parker.

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