For purposes of the 2017 program, an eligible Early-Career Investigator (ECI) is defined as:
- An investigator who is within four years of appointment to his/her career-track academic position (i.e. whose career-track appointments began no earlier than January 1, 2012). In general these are faculty appointments with significant expectations regarding research, and/or teaching, and/or clinical activities and may be tenure-track or non-tenure track. For purposes of determining eligibility, post-doctoral appointments, residencies and courtesy instructor titles are not considered career-track academic appointments. However, you must identify any of these exceptions in your biosketch, and fully and clearly state the nature of the appointment,
- An investigator who has not previously received a major independent research award. A major independent research award is determined to be a National Institutes of Health [NIH] RO1 or similar grant which provides independent research support of at least $125,000 (either single-year or multiple-year award), and which was awarded through a rigorous peer review process conducted by a public or private institution. Multiple independent awards that are each less than $125,000, but that total more than $125,000 will not impact eligibility,
- An investigator who received a terminal degree or completed his/her medical residency within the ten years preceding the application (i.e. on or after January 1, 2006), and
- An investigator who is either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.