NIH Announces 2006 Pioneer Award Recipients
It was a day to give honor and thanks for this year's recipients of the Pioneer Awards.
Akinso: It was a day to give honor and thanks for this year's recipients of the Pioneer Awards. Presented by NIH Director, Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni, the Pioneer Awards supports exceptionally creative scientists who take highly innovative approaches to major challenges in biomedical research. Dr. Zerhouni said the awards will give the recipients the intellectual freedom to pursue exciting new research directions and opportunities in a range of scientific areas.
Zerhouni: This year, there are diverse groups with far-ranging ideas and have the potential to touch many areas of science. And all the new awardees are in great company. We have now 22 other exceptional scientists; 13 last year, 9 the year before. Although results take time I think we're seeing some of the returns of these talented individuals this year. Because of this commitment we're again able to make 13 awards this year, for 5 years of unrestricted support and the level of $2.5 million over five years in direct cost.
Akinso: The awardees were selected from a group of 465 scientists who underwent a thorough application and evaluation process. Dr. Zerhouni said he's optimistic that this opportunity will stimulate scientists to send NIH their boldest, most imaginative concepts for consideration in the future. The winners of the 2006 NIH Director's Pioneer Award are identified on the website — www.nihroadmap.nih.gov/pioneer. This is Wally Akinso at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
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Reporter: Wally Akinso
Sound Bite: Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni
Topic: Pioneer Awards, NIH