NIH Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award

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The National Institutes of Health has announced the Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award. 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 the understanding of environmental exposure effects on people’s health. The ONES program is designed to identify outstanding scientists at the formative stages of their career and assist them in launching an innovative research program with a defined impact in the environmental health sciences. These R01 research grants are targeted for researchers who are defined by the NIH as Early Stage Investigators

The ONES program is designed to be highly competitive, and only a limited number are awarded per year.

Research programs supported by this announcement seek to promote career advancement of the most highly creative and promising new scientists who intend to make a long-term career commitment to research in the mainstream of the environmental health sciences, and bring innovative, ground-breaking research initiatives and thinking to bear on the problems of how environmental exposures affect human health.

Field(s) of Study
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Biological Sciences
Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences


The budget for direct costs is composed of two elements – research direct costs and career enhancement costs. For most applications, the budget for 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, which can be distributed over the 5-year award period.
The total direct cost budget (research plus career enhancement) may not exceed $475,000 in any year of the award.


Early Stage Investigator
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.

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

Georgetown University Nomination Limit
Applicant organizations may submit more than one application, provided that each application is scientifically distinct. Only one application per school or college within a university will be accepted. For example, within a university, one application can be submitted from each of the schools of medicine, public health, arts and sciences, etc.


To apply for internal consideration, send a 1 page project description and your biosketch as a single PDF document to Jennifer Kluge at

  • Internal application: February 4, 2019
  • Application (if nominated): February 28, 2019

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