NIDCR Award for Sustaining Outstanding Achievement in Research (SOAR) (R35 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The objective of the NIDCR Award for Sustaining Outstanding Achievement in Research (SOAR) is to provide longer-term support to NIDCR-funded investigators, who are in their mid-career stage, and have outstanding records of research productivity, mentorship and professional service to the research community. It is expected that the SOAR Award will propel the investigator along this career trajectory and allow him/her to embark on ambitious longer-term projects of extraordinary potential within the mission of NIDCR. This award supports research projects for up to eight years.


  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): December 24, 2019
  • Application Due Date(s): January 24, 2020
  • AIDS Application Due Date(s): February 24, 2020.

RFA-DE-20-002 Expiration Date February 25, 2020

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Eligibility Requirements

Only single PD/PI applications are allowed. Applications with multiple PD(s)/PI(s) will NOT be accepted.

Eligibility is limited to investigators with at least one active NIDCR-supported PD/PI R01 or R01 equivalent (DP1, U01, R56 only),    AND at least five years of continuous NIDCR support as PD/PI, on September 30, 2019, excluding fellowships and career development awards. The following funding mechanisms are considered as part of the continuous NIDCR support: R01, R00, R56, DP1, DP2, R15, or U01 only  . Only the first no cost extension year of the NIDCR-supported R01 or R01 equivalent award counts as one year of active NIDCR support. All other additional no cost extension years do not count toward continuous support years.

In addition, applicants must have no more than ten years of research career experience following the loss of his/her Early Stage Investigator (ESI) status at the time of application. Loss of ESI status could be due to receipt of a competitive substantial NIH independent research award, or expiration of status. Not counted toward research time within the ten years following the loss of ESI status is well-justified leave for personal or family situations such as illness, disability, active military service, parental leave or family care responsibilities, or time spent in clinical training or clinical care unrelated to research. Any time away from research within the ten years following the loss of ESI status should be explained in the Biographical Sketch.

This award targets investigators in their mid-career stage, and is NOT intended for supporting new and early stage investigators, or well-established investigators. Applicants are highly encouraged to contact NIDCR staff to assess suitability prior to application submission.

    Amount Description

    Application budgets are limited to $650,000 direct costs per year for all years, and must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.
    The maximum project period is eight years, dependent on progress review. Non-competing continuation to years six, seven and eight will be based heavily on evidence that the PD/PI career and productivity remain at a soaring trajectory.

    Funding Type





    Medical - Basic Science
    Medical - Clinical Science
    Medical - Translational

    External Deadline

    January 24, 2020