Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Award Info:

The budget for direct costs is composed of two elements - research direct costs and career enhancement costs. For most applications, the budget for research direct costs should be limited to $250,000 per year. With strong justification, research projects which have inherently higher costs may request direct costs of up to $400,000 per year. Career enhancement direct costs are limited to $250,000 direct costs, which can be distributed over the 5-year award period. Note: the total direct cost budget (research plus career enhancement) may not exceed $475,000 in any year of the award.

To be eligible for this award, applicants must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent graduate degree.

•PD(s)/PI(s) must be NIH defined Early Stage Investigators and this eligibility must be included in the NIH Commons record prior to the review of the application.

•PD/PI's must have faculty appointments which are tenure track or equivalent, generally at the level of Assistant Professor, Research Assistant Professor, and have demonstrated outstanding abilities in basic, clinical, quantitative, or population-based research. Individuals must have established research independence from a mentor, and have dedicated, independent laboratory space or access to the clinical, population-based and/or public health research resources which will allow them to conduct the research proposed in the grant application as the lead, independent PD/PI.

•Multiple PD/PI applications will not be accepted.

•At the time of award, the PD/PIs are expected to devote at least 6-person months per year to the grant. However, if during the tenure of this grant, should the PD/PI be successful in obtaining funding through another R01 or similar award, the effort on the ONES award may be negotiated with the NIEHS program staff down to no less than 3.6-person-months per year. In addition, the awardees' departments are encouraged to provide an additional 25% release time from clinical, teaching, and administrative duties in order to allow the awardees to devote a larger percentage of time to research efforts."


The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award is intended to identify the most talented Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who intend to make a long-term commitment to research in the Environmental Health Sciences and assist them in launching an innovative research program focused on understanding the effects of environmental exposure on people’s health.