September 22, 2011
Two Berkeley chemistry professors, Michelle Chang and Ming Hammond, have won prestigious New Innovator Awards from the National Institutes of Health. They are part of a group of 49 early-career researchers who have been recognized in 2011.
The NIH Director's New Innovator Award program is different from traditional NIH grants in several ways. It is designed specifically to support unusually creative new investigators who have highly innovative research ideas in the early stages of their careers. The emphasis is on innovation and creativity, and no detailed annual budget is required.
NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases.