National Institutes of Health (NIH) MERIT (R37)

“The objective of the MERIT Award is to provide long-term, stable support to investigators whose research competence and productivity are distinctly superior and who are likely to continue to perform in an outstanding manner.”

“Nominations are made in May by the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council.”

Nomination Guidelines:

  • Research project should have already have the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) support and have received support for at least 10 years.
  • Grant must have been approved for at least 5 years.
  • Project must represent the central research focus for the principal investigator.
  • Principal investigator must have an outstanding track record of productivity in the area of research represented by the grant and there must be reasonable expectation of continued superior achievement.

The Council will recommend to the NIGMS director which of the nominees should receive MERIT Awards. The NIGMS director will make the final decision and will notify the principal investigators.