The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) has opened submissions for our Early Stage Investigators (ESI) Paper Competition. Each year we honor up to five (5) ESIs whose work expands upon Dr. Matilda White Riley’s vision of research excellence in health-related behavioral and social sciences. To be eligible, candidates must meet NIH’s definition of an ESI at the time of the submission due date.

Please visit for full eligibility criteria and to submit your application.

This competition is an integral component of our annual Matilda White Riley (MWR) Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors. Awardees are invited to present the findings from their accepted paper and participate in a moderated discussion of future research possibilities during the event.

Important Dates

  • ESI Paper Competition Open: January 07, 2024
  • Submission Deadline: January 28, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • Awardees Notified: by April 14, 2024

Matilda White Riley Honors Event: May 2024 (more details coming soon)

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