The PD/PI must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or valid U.S. visa holder. The PD/PI must be no more than 7 years beyond the date that the first professional, advanced professional, or terminal academic degree was awarded, whichever is most recent. The 7 year eligibility period will be calculated based on the MM/DD/YYYY the degree was awarded. The last application due date, not the application submission date, that falls within the 7 year eligibility period will be the last date an application may be submitted. Formal years of clinical training (Internship, Residency, and Fellowship) are not counted as part of the 7 year limit. In addition, exemption of years for clinical training is not limited to physicians. For example, individuals with clinical training or clinical fellowship years in Clinical Molecular Genetics, Audiology, or Speech-Language Pathology are also eligible for our exemption. Under certain rare and compelling circumstances, NIDCD will accept requests for an extension to the 7-year standard eligibility period for its NIDCD ECR Award (R21) program. For extensions please contact the Program Coordinator listed in Section VII. Agency Contacts. The request for an extension must be made prior to the expiration of the standard 7 year eligibility period.
A resubmission will be allowed even if the 7 year eligibility period has expired provided the resubmission application is received within 37 months from the original submission due date based on current NIH Guidelines (NOT-OD-14-074). For further information please contact the NIDCD ECR Award (R21) program coordinator listed in Section VII. Agency Contacts.
The PD/PI may be an independent early stage investigator or a late-stage postdoctoral fellow still in his/her mentor's laboratory. However, if still a postdoctoral fellow, there should be a clear commitment to the provision of laboratory space and a clear indication that a transition away from the mentor is being initiated and that the research project will be transferable to another U.S. institution.
Questions regarding eligibility should be addressed prior to beginning to prepare the application by contacting the appropriate staff member listed in Section VII. Agency Contacts.
Individuals who have served as PD/PI on any NIH research grant (including an R01, R03, R15, R21, SBIR/STTR, subprojects of program project or center grants) or any other federally-funded research grant (e.g., NSF, DOE, VA) are NOT eligible for the NIDCD ECR Award Grant Program. However, former recipients of Federally-funded National Research Service Award fellowships and traineeships (i.e. F- and T- series awards) or mentored career development awards (i.e. K awards) are eligible for the NIDCD ECR Award grant program. Recipients of the K99/R00 award are not eligible to apply for the NIDCD ECR Award (R21).