The NIH Common Fund’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program issues annual funding opportunities for exceptionally creative scientists with highly innovative research ideas. Learn about the NIH Director’s Pioneer, New Innovator, Transformative Research, and Early Independence Awards, supporting high-impact research from scientists at all career stages. Please share this invitation with your graduate students and post-docs.
Dr. Ravi Basavappa
Dr. Basavappa received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Chicago for studies on the structure of tRNA. He then was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School in virus crystallography. Prior to joining NIH, he was Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where he studied the structural aspects of mitotic control by targeted protein degradation. At Rochester, he also was a Research Scholar of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America and Director of the Biophysics and Structural Biology Program. He joined NIH in 2004, first at NIGMS and then in the Office of the Director. His current responsibilities include serving as Program Leader for the Common Fund’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program.
Dr. Becky Miller
Dr. Becky Miller joined the Office of Strategic Coordination in 2014. She serves as the program officer for the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award and assists in programmatic management and outreach for the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program. She did her postdoctoral work at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) studying mosquito transmission of drug-resistant malaria. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame studying genomic variation in malaria parasites and was a GLOBES NSF IGERT fellow. She studied population genetics and phylogeography of mountain whitefish for her M.S. in molecular biology and received a B.S. in zoology, both from Brigham Young University.