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NIA Research and Entrepreneurial Development Immersion (REDI)

The NIA Research and Entrepreneurial Development Immersion (REDI) program provides bio-entrepreneurship training to boost the number of university startups and facilitate more diverse career opportunities for early-career scientists working in the fields of aging and aging-related diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.

REDI-supported trainees will acquire specialized skills for success in areas such as science communications; intellectual property; regulatory affairs; science policy; consulting; drug discovery, approval, and production; and the business of science, science education, and health care. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Entrepreneurial Career Development Award

The REDI Mentored Entrepreneurial Career Development Award (PAR-22-227) provides support and protected time (3–5 years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences in research areas supported by NIA. The goal of this award is to support trainees’ transition to research independence in a multitude of career options, including research and teaching faculty as well as entrepreneurial, industry, science policy, and research administration positions.

  • Award Type: K01
  • Application Due Dates: October 18, 2023; October 17, 2024
  • Budget Limits: $90,000/year in salary; $50,000/year in other program-related expense
  • Eligibility: Candidates must have a research or health-professional doctoral degree. Eligible candidates must be an NIH-defined Early Stage Investigators (ESI). Further, eligible candidates cannot have received a prior R01, P01, P50, or other major career grants (K01, K07, K08, K22, K23, K25, K76, K99/R00). Must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence by the time of the award. NIA strongly encourages applications from individuals with underrepresented racial or ethnic backgrounds and from people with disabilities.

    Refer to NOT-AG-23-042 for more information on eligibility.

Entrepreneurship Course Development

The REDI Entrepreneurship Enhancement Award (PAR-22-226) promotes the development of entrepreneurial education programs that are designed to broaden the skillset of graduate students and postdocs as well as early-career master’ s degree, Ph.D., and Dr.P.H. scientists in fields relevant to the NIA mission, including aging and Alzheimer’ s disease research. The goal of this program is to prepare trainees for a wide range of career paths, including those that are outside the normal research environment.

  • Award Type: R25
  • Letter of Intent Due Date: 30 days prior to application due date
  • Application Due Dates: October 18, 2023; October 17, 2024
  • Budget Limits: $250,000/year in direct costs
  • Eligibility: Educational institutions have broad eligibility. NIA encourages partnering with existing NIH-funded or other federally funded resources and programs. These could include the NIH Proof of Concept Network, composed of NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations, NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs, and NIGMS IDeA Regional Technology Transfer Accelerator Hubs; National Science Foundation and their Innovation Corps program; and NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Awards.

Entrepreneurial Small Business Transition Award

Through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, these REDI Entrepreneurial Small Business Transition Awards (RFA-AG-24-042 and RFA-AG-24-043) foster the career development of early-career scientists with an interest in entrepreneurial training and mentorship by simultaneously supporting their entrepreneurial development and facilitating their transition to industry.

  • Award Types: R43/R44 (SBIR), R41/R42 (STTR)
  • Letter of Intent Due Date: September 26, 2023
  • Application Due Date: October 26, 2023
  • Budget Limits: $500,000 for Phase I; $2.5 million for Fast-Track
  • Eligibility: Educational institutions have broad eligibility. NIA encourages partnering with existing NIH-funded or other federally funded resources and programs. These could include the NIH Proof of Concept Network, composed of NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations, NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs, and NIGMS IDeA Regional Technology Transfer Accelerator Hubs; National Science Foundation and their Innovation Corps program; and NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Awards.

REDI Pre-Application Webinars

  • REDI R25 and K01 Awardee Perspectives

    This portion of a webinar from September 12, 2023, provides unique input and perspectives from current awardees of the REDI Entrepreneurship Enhancement Award (R25) and the REDI Mentored Entrepreneurial Career Development Award (K01). Through a moderated Q&A discussion with NIA staff, REDI awardees discuss topics such as application tips and using the funding.

  • FY 2023 Part 1: SBIR/STTR and K01

    This pre-application webinar from October 4, 2022, provides information on the REDI Entrepreneurial Small Business Transition Awards for SBIR (RFA-AG-23-029) and STTR (RFA-AG-23-030) as well as the REDI Mentored Entrepreneurial Career Development Award (K01). There is Q&A discussion following the presentation.

  • FY 2023 Part 2: R25

    This pre-application webinar from October 4, 2022, provides information on the REDI Entrepreneurship Enhancement Award (R25), an institutional award to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. There is Q&A discussion following the presentation.

Past REDI Funding Opportunities

FY2022 Funding Opportunities

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REDI: Mentored Entrepreneurial Career Development Award

RFA-AG-22-004

 

  • Award type: K01
  • Applications due: September 29, 2021
  • Budget limits: $90,000/year in salary; $50,000/year in other program-related expenses
REDI: Entrepreneurship Enhancement Award RFA-AG-22-003
  • Award type: R25
  • Letters of Intent due: September 4, 2021
  • Applications due: October 4, 2021
  • Budget limits: $150,000/year in direct costs
REDI: Entrepreneurial Small Business Transition Award
  • Award types: R43/R44, R41/R42
  • Letters of Intent due: September 26, 2021
  • Applications due: October 26, 2021
  • Budget limits: $400,000 for Phase I; $2 million for Fast Track

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