Hailing Jin received a prestigious 5-year Maximizing Investigators Research Award (MIRA R35) from the NIH on “Cross-kingdom RNA communications between plant and fungal pathogens”, for a total of $1.89M. MIRA is designed to increase the efficiency of NIH funding by providing investigators with greater stability and flexibility, thereby enhancing scientific productivity and the chances for important breakthroughs. The program will also help distribute funding more widely among the nation’s highly talented and promising investigators. MIRA grants are generally for 5 years and are for both established investigators and early stage investigators. Jin’s grant is for established investigators.

Jin also received a $900k grant from the NSF/USDA titled “Development of innovative RNA-based anti-fungals to control plant fungal disease.”