Funding Opportunity: Sponsored Programs Administration Development (SPAD) Program and Webinar
We’ve just released a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) soliciting applications for the Diversity Program Consortium’s Sponsored Programs Administration Development (SPAD) Program (UC2).   A primary goal of the program is to enhance faculty and student participation in biomedical research and research training programs. These programs include undergraduate research programs, Academic Research Enhancement Awards (R15), and Support of Competitive Research (SC1, SC2, SC3), among others. Funded institutions are expected to develop offices that provide services such as professional develop...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - June 19, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Meetings/Events Training/Fellowships/Career Development Diversity Program Consortium NIH Common Fund Preparing an Application Webinars Source Type: blogs

Webinar for Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT) Program Applicants
We recently reissued the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT) Program and will host a webinar for interested students and fellows: Wednesday, June 19, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET PRAT is a competitive 3-year fellowship program that prepares trainees for leadership positions in biomedical careers. Training includes a mentored laboratory research experience and intensive career and leadership development activities. PRAT fellows conduct research in laboratories in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) in basic biomedical research areas within the NI...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - June 3, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Meetings/Events Training/Fellowships/Career Development PRAT Preparing an Application Webinars Source Type: blogs

Webinar for NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Applicants
Are you preparing an NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25) application for the July 9 receipt date? If so, please join us for a webinar about the program and the opportunity to ask questions:  Wednesday, June 5, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET During the webinar, we’ll provide an overview of the program and share our expectations of applications and how they will be assessed for fit to the program. You can send questions in advance to NIGMS_SEPA_Mailbox@nih.gov or post them in the chat box during the event. To join the webinar, visit the WebEx meeting page and enter the meeting number 623 628 879 and the...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - May 29, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Meetings/Events Preparing an Application SEPA Webinars Source Type: blogs

Recommendations of the NIGMS Working Group on Sepsis
Sepsis is a serious condition that affects about 1.7 million people and causes about 270,000 deaths annually in the U.S. Because it involves multiple organ systems, it is also one of the clinical research areas supported by NIGMS. Despite decades of research, sepsis remains a poorly understood condition with limited diagnostic tools or therapeutic interventions. Nearly a year ago, we established a working group of our Advisory Council to advise us on how best to advance sepsis research. At last week’s Council meeting, Dr. John Younger and Dr. Monica Kraft, co-chairs of the working group, presented the group’...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - May 23, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Matt Mills Tags: Meetings/Events NIGMS Advisory Council Source Type: blogs

Extended Deadline to June 25: NIGMS Administrative Supplements for Equipment
As announced earlier in the fiscal year, NIGMS is offering administrative supplements to NIGMS-funded R01, R35, and R37 awards for the purchase of single pieces of equipment. The deadline for these supplement applications has been extended to June 25, 2019. All the provisions of NOT-GM-19-013 continue to apply. Note that: These funds are intended for the purchase of single pieces of equipment (or a single system) with requested direct costs up to $250,000.The requested supplemental budget cannot exceed the total year direct cost amount of the parent award. Applications may not include requests for future year...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - May 23, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Resources Administrative Supplements Research Resources Source Type: blogs

Does your application fit the scientific mission of NIGMS?
Prospective applicants frequently ask us whether their application ideas fit within our mission. NIGMS supports basic research that increases our understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. We also support research in some specific clinical areas that affect multiple organ systems, including anesthesia, sepsis, wound healing, and trauma. In addition, we’re committed to training the next generation of scientists, enhancing the diversity of the scientific workforce, and developing research capacity throughout the country. Not all applic...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - May 22, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Research Administration Preparing an Application Source Type: blogs

Funding Opportunity: Methods to Improve Reproducibility of iPSC Derivation, Growth, and Differentiation
NIGMS, along with 11 other NIH institutes and centers, is seeking Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) applications to develop methods that improve the reproducibility of human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) derivation, growth, and differentiation (RFA-19-GM-001). Human iPSCs are mature cells that have been reprogrammed to an embryonic stem cell-like state and are able to differentiate into any cell type in the body. iPSCs are increasingly important research systems with a wide variety of applications, including studies of human development, tissue regeneration and repair, disease processes, and the development ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - May 21, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities NIH Guide Notices Source Type: blogs

NIGMS-Managed HIV/AIDS Research Transitioning to NIAID
For the past few months, NIGMS has been reviewing its HIV/AIDS grant portfolio. As the HIV/AIDS field has matured and the necessary research directions have become clearer, the HIV/AIDS-related grants we’ve supported have, appropriately, become more narrowly focused. Because of this, and after close consultation with leadership at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), we’ve concluded that it’s in the best interest of the research to transition NIGMS’ HIV/AIDS portfolio to NIAID to allow improved scientific coordination, prioritization, and efficiency of management. ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - May 13, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Research Administration Funding Policies Source Type: blogs

NIH Global Recruitment for Health Scientist Administrators
On May 20, NIH will open a global recruitment for Health Scientist Administrators. A global recruitment is a way NIH hires for common positions by creating a single announcement in USAJobs.gov , which can be used by any Institute or Center with an approved vacancy. Applying to a global recruitment means that, with a single announcement, hiring officials throughout NIH will have access to your application. We’re currently recruiting for a Program Director. However, we may have additional vacancies in the future. If you are interested in serving as a Health Scientist Administrator at NIGMS but th...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - May 10, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Job Announcements Branch Chief Source Type: blogs

Wanted: Program Director, Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences Branch
We’re recruiting for an accomplished scientist with interest and experience in inflammation, innate immunity, and the physiological responses to injury, to join the Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences (PPS) Branch of the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry (PPBC). The successful applicant will have responsibility for scientific and administrative management of a portfolio of research, career development, and training grants. The PPS Branch of PPBC supports research studies that can be basic or clinical in nature. This position offers stewardship of grant awards related to inv...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - May 9, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Job Announcements Program Director Source Type: blogs

Funding Opportunity: NIGMS Technology Research and Development
We’ve just re-issued two funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for technology research and development grants that support biomedical research areas within the NIGMS mission. They are: Exploratory Research for Technology Development (R21) PAR-19-254 Two-year grants that support innovative, high-risk concepts for developing a new technology or radically improving an existing one. The R21 supports only novel concepts that haven’t yet been tested for feasibility. Thus, unpublished data are not allowed. Because proof of concept must not already be developed, NIGMS expects the projects to be high risk. ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - May 2, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Biomedical Technology Source Type: blogs

Change in NIGMS Phone System
Like most organizations, NIGMS has been modernizing many of its systems. One recent change is our phone system. To increase efficiency and to enable our support staff to handle higher-level responsibilities, we want you to know that the best way to now reach a program director or scientific review administrator is to send him or her an email. If you want the person to call you back, please provide your contact information and grant or application number. If you don’t know the email address of the NIGMS staff member, it can be found easily by entering the name in our Staff Directory. This directory also provides direc...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - April 29, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Research Administration NIGMS Staff News Source Type: blogs

Application and Funding Trends in Fiscal Year 2018
On September 28, 2018, the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019  was signed into law. The law includes an NIGMS budget of $2,872,780,000 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019—a 3.1% increase from FY 2018. This budget increase follows a 5.1% rise in funding in FY 2018. NIGMS is committed to ensuring that taxpayers get the best possible returns on their investments in fundamental biomedical research [PDF, 702KB] . As part of this commitment to stewardship [PDF, 7.89MB], we regularly monitor trends in our funding portfolio...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - April 11, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Director’s Messages Funding Trends Funding Outcomes Funding Policies MIRA NIGMS Strategic Plan R01 Source Type: blogs

Webinar on NIGMS Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams
If you’re preparing an NIGMS Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (PAR-17-340) application for the May 25 receipt date, don’t miss our upcoming webinar: Tuesday, April 16, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET During the webinar, we’ll provide an overview of our expectations of RM1 applications and how they will be assessed for fit to the program, and we’ll answer any questions you may have. You can send questions before the webinar or post them in the chat box during the event. To join the webinar, visit the WebEx meeting page and enter the meeting number 620 198 293 and the pas...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - April 4, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Meetings/Events Preparing an Application Team Science Webinars Source Type: blogs

New Undergraduate Training Programs Announced
In May 2018, we shared with you our plans to reorganize the undergraduate and graduate programs in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity. As part of this reorganization, in December we announced two new graduate training programs. Now, we are pleased to announce two new undergraduate funding opportunities aimed at developing and implementing effective, evidence-based approaches to biomedical training and mentoring. The goal of these funding announcements is to enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce and to encourage applications from training programs that: Focus on skills dev...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - April 2, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Undergraduate Source Type: blogs

Clarification About Support for Conferences and Meetings
NIGMS has published a Notice in the NIH Guide to clarify the types of conferences and scientific meetings that the Institute will support through the R13 activity code. If you are thinking of requesting NIGMS funding for a meeting, it’s important to know that: NIGMS funds very few meetings;Those R13 meeting applications that it accepts for review and considers for funding must meet all three of the following criteria: 1) they must be closely aligned with NIGMS’ mission; 2) they must be non-recurring; and 3) they must include participants who do not frequently interact in other venues; andNIGMS will not suppo...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - March 19, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Judith Greenberg Tags: Funding Opportunities Meetings/Events Training/Fellowships/Career Development Conferences NIH Guide Notices Source Type: blogs

Pathways: Inspiring Future Scientists Through a New Collaboration with Scholastic, Inc.
I’m pleased to announce the debut of Pathways , a collaboration between NIGMS and Scholastic, Inc., that provides a collection of free educational resources about basic biomedical science and research careers. Cover of Pathways student magazine. Pathways, designed for grades 6 through 12, includes a student magazine, teacher lesson plans, activities, and videos, all available at http://www.scholastic.com/pathways . The Pathways student magazine is also being distributed this month to subscribers of Scholastic’s Science World magazine, reaching nearly 500,000 students in all 50 states. The ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - March 18, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Jon Lorsch Tags: Director’s Messages Resources Science Education Source Type: blogs

Planning for Maximizing Investigators ’ Research Award (MIRA) Renewals
As we work on issuing a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the established investigator (EI) MIRA program, we thought it would be useful to address a few common questions we’ve been hearing. The new FOA will allow applications from NIGMS grantees who have one or more single-Principal Investigator (PI) R01-equivalent awards, just as the current FOA does. In addition, the new FOA (to be published by Fall 2019) will allow renewal applications from PIs who already have MIRA grants. One key goal of the MIRA program is to increase funding stability for researchers. This was accomplished in part by makin...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - March 13, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Jon Lorsch Tags: Director’s Messages Funding Trends Research Administration Early Stage Investigator Established Investigator Funding Policies MIRA R01 Source Type: blogs

Early Notice: Concept Clearance for the Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Program (UE5 and K99/R00) to Promote Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce
At the recent NIGMS Advisory Council meeting, the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity received approval to write two new funding opportunity announcements as part of our efforts to enhance postdoctoral career transitions to promote faculty diversity in the biomedical research workforce. Watch the MOSAIC presentation at the January Advisory Council meeting. The Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) program is designed to facilitate the transition of talented postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds into independent faculty careers in research-inten...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - March 4, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Alison Gammie, Dr. Kenneth Gibbs and Dr. Michael Sesma Tags: Funding Opportunities Training/Fellowships/Career Development Biomedical Graduate Education Biomedical Research Enterprise Postdoctoral Source Type: blogs

Update on NIH ’ s Efforts to Address Sexual Harassment in Science
Discussions from both the NIH Anti-Harassment Committee and the ACD Working Group strongly endorsed an ethos of transparency and accountability to demonstrate the agency’s serious commitment to addressing harassment and deterring future inappropriate behavior. To bolster that transparency and accountability, we want to be clear that NIH has not and will not just look the other way when accusations come to our attention. In 2018, NIH followed up on sexual harassment-related concerns at more than two dozen institutions resulting in the replacement of 14 principal investigators named on NIH grant awards, disciplinary ac...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - March 1, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Jon Lorsch Tags: Director’s Messages Research Administration Training/Fellowships/Career Development NIGMS Grantee News Source Type: blogs

Application, Review, Funding, and Demographic Trends for Maximizing Investigators ’ Research Awards (MIRA): FY 2016-2018
NIGMS has made MIRA awards to Established Investigators (EI) and Early-Stage Investigators (ESI) for three full Fiscal Years (FY). In this Feedback Loop post, we provide an analysis of application, review, funding, and demographic trends for the MIRA program. For the first two rounds of EI MIRAs, eligibility was limited to well-funded NIGMS investigators: PIs with two or more NIGMS R01-equivalent awards or one NIGMS R01-equivalent award for>$400,000 in direct costs. For the FY 2018 EI competition and beyond, eligibility was expanded to include any investigator with a single PD/PI NIGMS R01-equivalent that is up for ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - February 22, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Jake Basson and Travis Dorsey Tags: Funding Trends Funding Outcomes Funding Policies MIRA NIGMS Strategic Plan R01 Source Type: blogs

Apply to SCISIPBIO: A Joint Initiative Between NIGMS and NSF to Support Research on the Science of Science and Innovation Policy
We are pleased to announce the Science of Science Policy Approach to Analyzing and Innovating the Biomedical Research Enterprise (SCISIPBIO)  program, a joint initiative between NIGMS and the Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program  in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF). The longstanding SciSIP program funds research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy and is a leader in this field. The NIGMS-NSF SCISIPBIO program was established to support research that advances the scientific basis ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - February 11, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Dorit Zuk Tags: Funding Opportunities Biomedical Research Enterprise National Science Foundation Science of Science Source Type: blogs

Webinar for Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) Program Applicants
Are you preparing an institutional Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) (T32) grant application? If so, please join us for a webinar about the program and the opportunity to ask questions: Tuesday, March 26, 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET During the webinar, we’ll provide a broad overview of the program and share our expectations of applications and the required data tables for the upcoming May 21 receipt date. Feel free to send your questions in advance to us (Luis Cubano or Anissa Brown) or post them live in the chat box during the event. To access the webinar, visit the WebEx Meeting page and ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - February 5, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Luis Cubano and Dr. Anissa Brown Tags: Funding Opportunities Meetings/Events Training/Fellowships/Career Development Biomedical Graduate Education Preparing an Application Webinars Source Type: blogs

Webinar for NIGMS Institutional Predoctoral Training Grant Program Applicants
If you’re preparing an application for the NIGMS Institutional Predoctoral Training Grant (T32) program in either the Basic Biomedical Sciences (PA-17-341) or the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) (PAR-19-036) for the May 25 receipt date, don’t miss our upcoming webinar: Monday, March 18, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET During the webinar, we’ll provide an overview of our expectations for NIGMS-funded training grant applications, share our observations from the first round of review of new T32 applications in basic biomedical sciences, and answer any questions you may have. You can send questions...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - January 28, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Shiva Singh Tags: Funding Opportunities Meetings/Events Training/Fellowships/Career Development Predoctoral Preparing an Application Webinars Source Type: blogs

NIH Global Recruitment for Health Scientist Administrators
A global recruitment is a way NIH hires for common positions such as Health Scientist Administrators. NIH creates a single announcement in USAJobs.gov which can be used by any Institute or Center with an approved vacancy. Applying to a global recruitment means that, with a single announcement, hiring officials throughout the entire NIH will have access to your application. Most importantly, if your application is determined to be qualified for the recruitment, it may remain active for at least three months. This means that if NIGMS receives approval to recruit, our selecting officials will be able to view your application ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - January 17, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Clau Gonzalez Tags: Job Announcements Program Director Source Type: blogs

Coming Soon: NIH Global Recruitment for Health Scientist Administrators
A global recruitment is a way NIH hires for common positions such as Health Scientist Administrators. NIH creates a single announcement in USAJobs.gov which can be used by any Institute or Center with an approved vacancy. Applying to a global recruitment means that, with a single announcement, hiring officials throughout the entire NIH will have access to your application. Most importantly, if your application is determined to be qualified for the recruitment, it may remain active for at least three months. This means that if NIGMS receives approval to recruit, our selecting officials will be able to view your application ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - January 17, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Clau Gonzalez Tags: Job Announcements Program Director Source Type: blogs

Administrative Supplements for NIGMS Predoctoral T32 Grants to Develop Curricular and Training Activities
To continue our efforts to catalyze the modernization of biomedical graduate education, we invite eligible NIGMS-funded T32 predoctoral training programs to submit administrative supplement requests (NOT-GM-19-015) to develop new curricular and training activities that enhance the program’s ability to: 1) provide graduate trainees with a strong foundation in research design and methods in areas related to conducting rigorous and transparent research to enhance reproducibility; 2) prepare students for diverse careers in the biomedical research workforce; 3) develop the knowledge and skills of trainees to enhance labor...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - January 16, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Alison Gammie and Dr. Shiva Singh Tags: Funding Opportunities Resources Training/Fellowships/Career Development Administrative Supplements Biomedical Graduate Education Predoctoral Rigor and Reproducibility Source Type: blogs

Supplements for MIRAs: Clarifying the Policy
Since supplemental grant funding comes in a variety of flavors, with different purposes, it’s not surprising that there’s confusion about which kinds of supplements MIRA grantees may apply for and which they may not. Here’s a quick run-down. Type of Supplement Links to NIH Guide Comments Revisions (Formerly known as Competitive Supplements) https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-17-190.html For Early Stage Investigator MIRA https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-17-094.html For Established Investigator MIRA Revisions are not an allowed application type in the R35 FOAs....
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - January 10, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Judith Greenberg Tags: Funding Opportunities Resources Administrative Supplements Early Stage Investigator Established Investigator MIRA Source Type: blogs

New Graduate Training Programs Announced
In May, we shared with you our plans to reorganize the undergraduate and graduate programs in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity. Toward that end, we are pleased to announce two new graduate funding opportunities aimed at developing and implementing effective, evidence-based approaches to biomedical training and mentoring. The goal of these funding announcements is to enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce and to encourage applications from training programs that: Focus on skills development (including an emphasis on quantitative and computational skills) Promote rigor and repro...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - December 21, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Alison Gammie, Dr. Luis Cubano and Dr. Sailaja Koduri Tags: Funding Opportunities Training/Fellowships/Career Development Biomedical Graduate Education Source Type: blogs

NIGMS Announces New Website
We’re pleased to announce the launch of our redesigned website, https://www.nigms.nih.gov. Among the site’s new and improved features: Easier navigation with fewer clicks Modern, visually appealing look Enhanced science education pages Improved search functionality Format that’s both computer- and mobile-friendly And more! The new NIGMS website was developed according to industry best practices and feedback from our users. Please note that URLs have not changed, but older/outdated content was archived to reduce the number of pages on the site. We welcome your questions and comments about the new site....
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - November 14, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Jose Lopez and Stephanie Older Tags: Resources NIGMS Website Source Type: blogs

Your Perspectives: Strategies for Enhancing Postdoctoral Career Transitions to Promote Faculty Diversity
Continuing our longstanding commitment to train the next generation of biomedical scientists and support the careers of students and postdoctoral scientists from diverse backgrounds, for example groups underrepresented in biomedical research, we sought input from the community through a request for information (RFI) on strategies to enhance successful postdoctoral career transitions to promote faculty diversity, specifically in research-intensive institutions. The RFI was open May 24 to July 20, 2018, and received a total of 89 unique responses from stakeholders including postdoctoral scientists, faculty members, and profe...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - November 8, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Alison Gammie, Dr. Kenneth Gibbs and Dr. Michael Sesma Tags: Requests for Information Training/Fellowships/Career Development Biomedical Research Enterprise Postdoctoral Source Type: blogs

Updated Focus of NIGMS-Supported Predoctoral Training in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, and Biomedical Data Science
Modern biomedical research is becoming increasingly quantitative and reliant on computational methods, with growing use of large and complex datasets to address biomedical research questions and advance human health. To help address the need for biomedical researchers with cutting-edge computational and quantitative skills, we have updated the focus areas of our Predoctoral T32 Training Program in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, and Biomedical Data Science (formerly called Bioinformatics and Computational Biology). In doing this, we aim to better integrate training in data-science approaches throughout the curriculu...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - November 6, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Haluk Resat and Dr. Veerasamy "Ravi" Ravichandran Tags: Funding Opportunities Training/Fellowships/Career Development Biomedical Graduate Education Predoctoral Source Type: blogs

New T32 Medical Scientist Training Program Funding Opportunity Announcement
The objective of the MSTP Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) is to develop a diverse pool of highly trained physician-scientists. The MSTP is designed to help the community develop and implement effective, evidence-based approaches to training, leading to the award of both professional medical doctorate and research doctorate degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent). Through rigorous scientific research and clinical practice, graduates will be equipped with the skills to develop research programs that accelerate the translation of research advances to the understanding, detection, treatment, and prevention of human disease. ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - October 25, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Stefan Maas and Dr. Joe Gindhart Tags: Funding Opportunities Training/Fellowships/Career Development Biomedical Graduate Education Predoctoral Source Type: blogs

Two NIGMS Grantees Among Winners of 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
I’m very pleased to announce that two long-time NIGMS grantees are among today’s winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry . They include: Frances H. Arnold, Ph.D., of the California Institute of Technology, “for the directed evolution of enzymes” George P. Smith, Ph.D., of the University of Missouri, Columbia, who shares the prize with Sir Gregory P. Winter of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, U.K., “for the phage display of peptides and antibodies” This recognition clearly demonstrates the importance of basic biomedical research and is a testament to how studies of s...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - October 3, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Jon Lorsch Tags: Director’s Messages News NIGMS Grantee News Source Type: blogs

NIH Statement: Changing the Culture of Science to End Sexual Harassment
Last week, NIH Director Francis S. Collins issued a statement about the pervasive problem of sexual harassment in science and reaffirmed NIH’s commitment to address it. He noted that NIH is working to bolster its policies and practices to foster a culture of respect wherever NIH research activities are conducted, and to ensure that sexual harassment is not tolerated or ignored. NIH has launched a new website on anti-sexual harassment activities. I encourage you to explore the site and become familiar with NIH’s policies, practices, and initiatives. Consistent with NIGMS’ strong commitment to research trai...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - September 24, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Jon Lorsch Tags: Director’s Messages Research Administration Training/Fellowships/Career Development NIGMS Grantee News Source Type: blogs

Lasker Awards Honor Three NIGMS Grantees
We are delighted that three long-time NIGMS grantees have been recognized by the 2018 Lasker Awards . The awards highlight fundamental biological discoveries to draw attention to the importance of public support of science. Michael Grunstein of the University of California, Los Angeles, and C. David Allis of Rockefeller University, received the 2018 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for “discoveries elucidating how gene expression is influenced by chemical modifications of histones—the proteins that package DNA within chromosomes.” NIGMS funded Grunstein’s work on the establishment an...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - September 20, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Michael Bender and Dr. Anthony Carter Tags: News NIGMS Grantee News Source Type: blogs

Wanted: Program Director, Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences Branch
We’re recruiting for an accomplished scientist with experience in the pharmacological sciences to join the Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences (PPS) Branch of the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry. The successful applicant will have responsibility for scientific and administrative management of a portfolio of grants, both research and training, in the Division. The PPS Branch supports research studies ranging from the molecular to cellular to organismal, which can be basic or clinical in nature. This position offers stewardship of grant awards related to modern approaches to examin...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - September 19, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Alison Cole and Dr. Rochelle Long Tags: Job Announcements Program Director Source Type: blogs

Revised Instructions for Predoctoral T32 Applicants
Are you applying for the NIGMS Predoctoral Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) – PAR-17-341? If so, it’s important you note revisions to our FOA instructions that clarify application requirements. We have also added a new requirement concerning institutional responsibilities related to harassment. We encourage you to read the full NIH Guide notice, published on August 23, 2018. Key points include: Institutional support letter: The support letter must provide information about institutional policies and procedures to prevent discriminatory harassment and to respond appropriately to such allegatio...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - August 29, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Jon Lorsch, Dr. Alison Gammie and Dr. Shiva Singh Tags: Funding Opportunities Training/Fellowships/Career Development Biomedical Graduate Education Predoctoral Preparing an Application Source Type: blogs

Webinar for Bridges Applicants
Are you preparing an institutional Bridges to the Baccalaureate or Bridges to the Doctorate grant application? If so, you may have questions about the funding opportunity announcements, data tables, and FORMS-E application package required for the upcoming September 25 receipt date. We’re offering a webinar to discuss these topics: Thursday, August 16, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET You may send questions to us (Mercedes Rubio or Patrick H. Brown) before the webinar or post them live in the chat box during the event. If you’re away from your computer, you can access the webinar from a mobile device or listen to a voice...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - August 6, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Mercedes Rubio and Dr. Patrick H. Brown Tags: Meetings/Events Training/Fellowships/Career Development Preparing an Application Research Education (R25) Webinars Source Type: blogs

Give Us Your Input on Strategies for Advancing Sepsis Research Supported by NIGMS
Although NIGMS is not the only source of federal funding for sepsis research, the Institute supports a substantial portfolio of research that includes both fundamental and clinical studies, from the molecular to the organismal, that emphasizes the host’s response rather than causative factors such as infection or injury. In an effort to more rapidly move NIGMS’ sepsis research program and its translation forward, we’ve issued a Request for Information (RFI) to obtain feedback, comments, novel ideas, and strategies that address the challenges and opportunities in sepsis research to accelerate advances in d...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - July 23, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Judith Greenberg Tags: Requests for Information Biomedical Research Enterprise Source Type: blogs

Encouraging News for Women Entering Academia in the Biomedical Sciences
A recent analysis by NIGMS staff has uncovered some promising results for women entering academic positions in the biomedical sciences. The study, which published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), found that once men and women receive their first major NIH grant, their funding longevity is similar. The data contradict the common assumption that, across all career stages, women are at a large disadvantage compared to men. NIGMS Deputy Director Judith H. Greenberg on key findings in the paper. The results of the analysis should be encouraging for women interested in becoming independent ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - July 16, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Judith Greenberg, Dr. Lisa Hechtman and Dr. Nathan Moore Tags: Funding Trends News Biomedical Research Enterprise Funding Outcomes Source Type: blogs

NIGMS Grantees Receive Top U.S. Mentoring Award
I’m pleased to congratulate six members of the NIGMS community who are among the recipients of the 2018 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring . They include: Ann L. Chester, Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) principal investigator, West Virginia University John A. Pollock, SEPA principal investigator, Duquesne University Virginia L. Shepherd, SEPA principal investigator, Vanderbilt University Elba E. Serrano, Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) principal investigator and IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence mentor, New Mexico State ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - July 6, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Jon Lorsch Tags: Director’s Messages News Mentoring NIGMS Grantee News Source Type: blogs

Ming Lei to Direct Research Capacity Building Division
I’m pleased to announce that Ming Lei will join NIGMS later this month as the new director of our Division for Research Capacity Building. Ming is a molecular geneticist with extensive experience overseeing fellowship, career development, and training and education grant programs. Ming is currently deputy director of the Center for Cancer Training and chief of the Cancer Training Branch at the National Cancer Institute, which he joined in 2008 as a program director. His experience before that includes leading the Genes and Genome Cluster in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences at the National Science Fo...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - June 11, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Jon Lorsch Tags: Director’s Messages Job Announcements News NIGMS Staff News Source Type: blogs

Analysis of NIGMS Support of Research Organisms
NIGMS is committed to supporting a wide-ranging portfolio of biomedically relevant fundamental research. As we discussed in a previous Feedback Loop post, we see this approach as the best way to increase our understanding of life. For many years, one important dimension of diversity in our scientific portfolio—the organisms scientists use to conduct their research—was limited by technical considerations. However, recent advances such as the decreasing cost of genome sequencing and the development of the CRISPR system for genetic modification now make it possible to use an expanded range of research organisms. ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - June 5, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Kristine Willis and Dr. Jake Basson Tags: Funding Trends Research Administration Research Organisms Source Type: blogs

Wanted: Genetics, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Program Director
We’re recruiting for a program director (also known as a health scientist administrator or program officer) to manage research grant, fellowship, training, and other types of awards focused on the structure and function of cells and cellular components, and the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie inheritance, gene expression, and development. The position is in our Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology​, and it involves working collaboratively with other program directors in the division to support outstanding science in these fields. Candidates should have experti...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - May 31, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. James Deatherage Tags: Job Announcements Program Director Source Type: blogs

Early Notice: Concept Clearance for the Reorganization of Undergraduate and Graduate Programs to Enhance Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce
NIGMS has a longstanding commitment to developing a diverse pool of biomedical scientists through a variety of institutional training and student development programs. Based on stakeholders’ feedback through Requests for Information (NOT-GM-15-108; NOT-GM-17-017), as well as extensive analyses and discussions with NIH staff and the community, we intend to make adjustments to our programs designed to enhance the diversity in the biomedical research workforce. The modifications, which the NIGMS Council recently approved, are designed to: 1) provide equity of trainee support across programs; 2) prevent programmatic over...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - May 30, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Shiva Singh and Dr. Alison Gammie Tags: Concept Clearances Funding Opportunities Training/Fellowships/Career Development Biomedical Graduate Education Biomedical Research Enterprise Postdoctoral Predoctoral Undergraduate Source Type: blogs

Give Input on Strategies to Enhance Postdoctoral Career Transitions to Promote Faculty Diversity
NIGMS has a longstanding commitment to train the next generation of biomedical scientists and support the training of students from diverse backgrounds, including groups underrepresented in biomedical research, through fellowships, career development grants, and institutional training and student development programs. These programs, and other efforts, have contributed to a substantial increase in the talent pool of well-trained biomedical Ph.D.s from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. However, increasing evidence shows that transitions of these talented scientists from postdoctoral training into indep...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - May 29, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Alison Gammie, Dr. Kenneth Gibbs and Dr. Michael Sesma Tags: Requests for Information Training/Fellowships/Career Development Biomedical Research Enterprise Postdoctoral Source Type: blogs

Webinar for Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT) Program Applicants
We’re hosting a webinar for students and fellows interested in the PRAT Program for the October 3 receipt date: Wednesday, June 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET. PRAT is a competitive three-year fellowship program that prepares trainees for leadership positions in biomedical careers. Training includes a mentored laboratory research experience and intensive career and leadership development activities. PRAT fellows conduct research in laboratories in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) in basic biomedical research areas within the NIGMS mission. These areas include, but are not limited to, biological chemistry, biophysics,...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - May 22, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Kenneth Gibbs Tags: Funding Opportunities Meetings/Events Training/Fellowships/Career Development PRAT Preparing an Application Webinars Source Type: blogs

Early-Career Speaker Describes Genomic Antics of Ancient Vertebrate, Answers Questions from Undergrads
The videocast from our April 17 Early-Career Investigator Lecture with Jeramiah Smith is now available. Jeramiah, an associate professor at the University of Kentucky, gives a fascinating talk about his genomic research with sea lampreys. He then offers advice for students interested in biomedical research careers. I encourage you to take a look and share the video with students and postdocs in your labs and departments. We launched this annual lecture series three years ago both to highlight the achievements of our early-career grantees, and to encourage undergraduates and other students to pursue careers in biomedical re...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - May 2, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Jon Lorsch Tags: Director’s Messages Meetings/Events Early Stage Investigator NIGMS Grantee News Undergraduate Source Type: blogs

Funding Opportunity: Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study Coordination Center
NIGMS requests applications in support of a Coordination Center (RFA-GM-18-003) for our Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) program. The MIDAS network of researchers shares models, data sets, and tools to study the spread of infectious disease and possible intervention strategies. The network consists of researchers funded by MIDAS research (R01) grants as well as other interested researchers. It is hoped that the output of the research conducted by the MIDAS network will improve our ability to predict the course of infectious disease outbreaks and model the outcomes of proposed interventions. MIDAS modelers r...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - April 25, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Dr. Daniel Janes Tags: Funding Opportunities MIDAS Source Type: blogs