Reflecting on Our Strategic Priorities
In my first post as NIGMS director in 2013, I discussed the need to develop a new strategic plan to guide our efforts and to ensure that we invest taxpayer money as efficiently and effectively as possible. Our current strategic plan emerged as a product of collaboration between all functional units of our Institute, with valuable input from external stakeholders, and it’s been used to guide management decisions at NIGMS for the last 5 years. Since publication of this strategic plan in 2015, the Institute has undertaken programmatic and organizational changes to better achieve the goals set forth in the plan. ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - June 1, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Director’s Messages News NIGMS Strategic Plan Source Type: blogs

Funding Opportunity: IDeA Networks for Clinical and Translational Research
I’m pleased to announce that the Institutional Development Award Networks for Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR) funding opportunity announcement (PAR-20-175) has been reissued. IDeA-CTR funds statewide or multistate regional networks that support: Development of infrastructure and human resources required to conduct clinical and translational research Enhancement of IDeA institutions’ and investigators’ ability to develop competitive clinical and translational research programs Collaboration and coordination of clinical and translational research activities spanning IDeA institu...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - May 18, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Institutional Development Award Research Capacity Building Source Type: blogs

Policy on Late Submissions of NIGMS Applications Due in May 2020
Because many people in the research community are facing considerable challenges trying to juggle various responsibilities during the COVID-19 outbreak, NIGMS will accommodate late application submissions for due dates in May 2020 for all NIGMS-specific FOAs (see NOT-GM-20-029). For applications submitted through June 30, 2020, institutions do not need to request advance permission or provide a cover letter to justify a late submission to these FOAs. Applications with due dates prior to May 25 should use FORMS E and those with due dates on or after May 25 should use FORMS F, regardless of the date of submission. CUR...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - May 8, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Research Administration Funding Policies Submitting an Application Source Type: blogs

NIH Global Recruitment for Health Scientist Administrators
On May 18, 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. While we do not have an approved vacancy now, we may have vacancies in the future. If you have a broad knowledge of the biophysical sciences, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular, cellular and structu...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - May 7, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Job Announcements Source Type: blogs

New Webinar Series for the NIGMS Training Community
We’re pleased to announce a new webinar series for students, postdocs, and faculty. Each hour-long webinar will include a 10- to 15-minute presentation by the speaker followed by a moderated question and answer session. Our hope is that these webinars will enhance our trainees’ ongoing learning experiences.  The webinar series kicks off next Monday, May 4, and a tentative list of dates and speakers is below. As plans are finalized, additional details will be posted on our website. Date Topic Speaker Monday, May 42:00-3:00 p.m. ET Entrepreneurship and Careers...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - April 29, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Director’s Messages Resources Training/Fellowships/Career Development Science Education Webinars Source Type: blogs

Webinar for Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) Program (T32) Applicants
Are you preparing a grant application for the Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) institutional research training program? Please join us for an informational webinar about the program and application components, and the opportunity to ask us questions: Tuesday, April 14th, 2020, 12:00-2:00 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. You may send questions to me before the webinar or post them in the chat box d...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - April 10, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Meetings/Events Training/Fellowships/Career Development Biomedical Graduate Education Preparing an Application Webinars Source Type: blogs

New NIGMS Web Resource on Safety in the Lab and Other Training Environments
The safety of trainees and other lab workers from accidents, violence, harassment, and inappropriate behavior is a high priority for NIGMS. Because the Institute has such a large training and workforce development portfolio, we feel that we should play a central role in promoting the development of a robust culture of safety in biomedical research training environments. As part of this effort, we recently announced the availability of supplements for research education, training, and career development grants to enhance laboratory safety curricula and to build a culture of safety in biomedical research training en...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - April 9, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Director’s Messages Resources Training/Fellowships/Career Development Research Resources Source Type: blogs

Funding Opportunity: Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH)
We’re pleased to announce that the Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) (PAR-20-125) has been issued. NARCH fosters opportunities for biomedical research and career enrichment to meet health needs prioritized by American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribally based organizations. The NARCH initiative also supports research capacity building, including the development of research infrastructure to enhance the biomedical research capabilities of AI/AN communities. NARCH grants are awarded directly to federally recognized tribes or tribal organizati...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - April 8, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Research Capacity Building Source Type: blogs

Urgent Competitive Revisions to NIGMS Grants to Address the Coronavirus Pandemic
We’ve published a notice of special interest (NOSI) (NOT-GM-20-025) to address the urgent need for research on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We’ll accept competitive revisions (supplements) in three specific scientific areas: Incorporation of data related to SARS-CoV-2 into ongoing research efforts to develop predictive models for the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and other related infectious agents (all grant and cooperative agreement activity codes)Repurposing or modification of diagnostic tools currently under development to enable rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 infection (SBIR/STTR grants only)Rapid development of potenti...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - March 25, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Resources Administrative Supplements Source Type: blogs

Funding Opportunity: Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Phase 3
We’re pleased to announce that the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Phase 3 funding opportunity announcement (FOA) (PAR-20-115) has been reissued. COBRE supports thematic, multidisciplinary research centers that establish and strengthen institutional biomedical research capacity in IDeA-eligible states through three sequential 5-year phases.   This funding opportunity will 1) support the scientific and technical cores developed during COBRE phases 1 and 2 to facilitate their transition into independent research service facilities and 2) sustain the research environment developed in th...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - March 24, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Institutional Development Award Research Capacity Building Source Type: blogs

NIGMS Virtual Learning Resources for Scientists at All Career Stages
To assist with virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’d like to remind you of the valuable resources NIGMS supports for our trainee and educator communities. These resources apply to all levels, ranging from community college students to faculty. Clearinghouse for Training Modules to Enhance Data ReproducibilityA variety of free training modules, workshops, and online courses aimed at enhancing rigor and reproducibility in research. iBiology A collection of high-quality, free online videos of scientists talking about their research, career paths, and related topics. Several complete courses are...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - March 23, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Director’s Messages Resources Training/Fellowships/Career Development Science Education Source Type: blogs

Request for Information: Biological Research Needs for High Spatial Resolution Imaging Supported by DOE and NIH
NIGMS, the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, and the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science seek input on approaches to apply high-resolution (sub-nanometer to micrometer) bioimaging technologies to samples ranging from atoms to cells. Input is requested on the specific needs of the biomedical research community to match existing technical approaches and instrumentation to significant biological questions, and on prioritizing the development of novel bioimaging technologies that might be in demand for potential biological and medical applications. The DOE and NIH support national ce...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - March 12, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Requests for Information Resources Bioimaging Source Type: blogs

NIH and DOE Partner to Host Bioimaging Webinars
NIH and the Department of Energy (DOE) support national centers and dedicated instruments for high-resolution bioimaging at national facilities including: X-ray microscopy and tomography3D electron microscopycryo-electron microscopyinfrared imaginglight microscopylive cell imaging image analysisdynamicscomputingsoftware developmentdata management Recognizing that new directions in science are often launched by innovative tools and methods as well as new biological concepts, the agencies also support the development of novel bioimaging tools and methods at these centers and in the laboratories of independent...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - March 6, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Meetings/Events Resources Webinars Source Type: blogs

Application and Funding Trends in Fiscal Year 2019
On December 20, 2019, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 , was signed into law. The appropriation provides NIGMS with a budget of $2,937,218,000 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, a 2.2% increase over the FY 2019 appropriation. With this increased budget, NIGMS is committed to providing taxpayers with the best possible returns on their investments in fundamental biomedical research [PDF]. As part of this commitment to stewardship [PDF], we regularly monitor trends in our funding portfolio. NIGMS maintains a diversified investment portfolio, supporting a wide range of research topics and investigators. Recent ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - March 5, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Director’s Messages Funding Trends Funding Outcomes Funding Policies MIRA NIGMS Strategic Plan R01 Source Type: blogs

Administrative Supplements for Research on Women ’s Health in the IDeA States
NIGMS, in partnership with the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and twelve other institutes and centers of NIH, invites applications for administrative supplements to eligible Institutional Development Award (IDeA) grants to address important issues of women’s health in the IDeA states. We encourage a broad range of research addressing women’s health issues with a special interest in maternal and infant mortality and morbidity, as well as their underlying causes. Current grantees of the following IDeA awards are eligible to apply: The Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - February 28, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Administrative Supplements Institutional Development Award Source Type: blogs

Administrative Supplements for NIGMS Training, Research Education, and Career Development Grants to Develop Curricular, Training, and Evaluation Activities
To continue our efforts to catalyze the modernization of biomedical research training and career development, we invite eligible institutions with NIGMS training (T32, T34), certain research education (R25), or institutional career development (K12) awards to apply for administrative supplements to develop and implement curricular, training, or administrative activities to: Enhance laboratory safety curriculum and a culture of safety in biomedical research training environments (NOT-GM-20-016)Promote safe and inclusive biomedical research training environments (NOT-GM-20-018) Enhance undergraduate biomedical research tr...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - February 24, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Resources Training/Fellowships/Career Development Administrative Supplements Biomedical Graduate Education Source Type: blogs

Webinar for Undergraduate Training Programs Applicants (MARC and U-RISE)
Are you preparing an institutional Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) or Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE) grant application? If so, please join us for a webinar about these programs and the opportunity to ask questions: Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET During the webinar, we’ll provide a broad overview of the programs and share our expectations of applications and the required data tables for the upcoming May 21 receipt date. You may send questions to Sailaja Koduri (MARC) or Anissa Brown and Edgardo Falcón-Morales (U-RISE) bef...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - February 21, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Meetings/Events Training/Fellowships/Career Development Preparing an Application Undergraduate Webinars Source Type: blogs

NIGMS Administrative Supplements to Support Undergraduate Summer Research
We’re offering administrative supplements to provide summer research experiences for undergraduate students. These supplements are open to all NIGMS-funded investigators with active R01, R35, and R37 awards, including those in their final year of funding or in a no-cost extension. We’ll accept requests under PA-18-591, Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional). We wish to support students at any stage of their undergraduate career. Students may be U.S. or non-U.S. citizens. We encourage principal investigators to select students ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - February 20, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Administrative Supplements Undergraduate Source Type: blogs

Webinar on Recently Released Funding Announcements: Team Science and Biomedical Technology Centers
If you’re considering applying to the Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (PAR-20-103) or to the Biomedical Technology Development and Dissemination Center (PAR-20-104) funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), you’ll want to join our webinar: Thursday, March 5, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET Both FOAs have receipt dates in May 2020 and both use the RM1 grant mechanism. However, there are significant differences between the reissued Team Science announcement and the initial funding announcement, and between the Biomedical Technology Centers and the former NIGMS Biomedical Technology Research Re...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - February 18, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Meetings/Events Resources Preparing an Application Research Resources Webinars Source Type: blogs

Funding Opportunity: IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)
We’re pleased to announce that the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) (PAR-20-102) has been reissued. INBRE fosters the development, coordination, and sharing of research resources and expertise that expand research opportunities and increase the number of competitive investigators in IDeA-eligible states. The program achieves these goals through partnerships between research-intensive and primarily undergraduate institutions, community colleges, and tribally controlled colleges and universities. This funding opportunity will continue to assist these...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - February 10, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Institutional Development Award Research Capacity Building Source Type: blogs

NIGMS Administrative Supplements for Helium Recovery Systems
As we did last year, we’re offering administrative supplements to NIGMS-funded awards for the purchase of helium recovery systems. The deadline for these supplement applications is March 30, 2020. All the provisions of NOT-GM-20-013 apply, except that the types of eligible NIGMS-funded parent awards include P20, P30, P41, R01, R35, R37, and RM1 awards. To submit an administrative supplement application for helium recovery systems, follow all instructions in NOT-GM-20-013, with the following additions: Up to two NIGMS grantees with projects that make use of helium-cooled instruments may apply separ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - February 6, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Resources Administrative Supplements Research Resources Source Type: blogs

NIGMS Administrative Supplements for Equipment
As in previous years, we’re offering administrative supplements to NIGMS-funded R01, R35, and R37 awards for the purchase of single equipment systems (such as the components of a helium recovery system or the components of a working microscope). The deadline for these supplement applications is March 30, 2020. All provisions of NOT-GM-20-013 apply. Note that: These funds are intended for the purchase of single equipment systems 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 requ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - February 5, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Resources Administrative Supplements Research Resources Source Type: blogs

NIGMS Support for Biomedical Data Repositories and Biomedical Knowledgebases
NIH has published two new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs): PAR-20-089, Biomedical Data Repository (U24 – Clinical Trials Not Allowed) and PAR-20-097, Biomedical Knowledgebase (U24 – Clinical Trials Not Allowed). As noted in the FOAs, data repositories and knowledgebases have distinct functions, metrics for success, and sustainability needs. In order to support these resources most effectively, NIGMS intends to fund them as separate cooperative agreement grants. NIGMS applications proposing a free-standing data repository or knowledgebase resource must apply under one of these FOAs. Thus, applications s...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - January 27, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Resources Administrative Supplements Research Resources Source Type: blogs

Erica Brown Named Associate Director for Extramural Activities
I’m pleased to announce that Erica Brown has been named NIGMS associate director for extramural activities and director of our Division of Extramural Activities (DEA). In this role, Erica oversees the receipt, referral, review, and fiscal management of the Institute’s grants. Additionally, she serves as executive secretary of our advisory council and advises senior staff on the planning, development, and administration of Institute grant activities. Erica joined NIGMS in 2017 as deputy DEA director and has served as acting director since Ann Hagan’s departure in early 2019. She has made considerabl...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - January 16, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Director’s Messages Job Announcements News NIGMS Staff News Source Type: blogs

How do I know if my work fits in the mission of NIGMS?
Ninety percent of the applications to our Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award for Early Stage Investigators (known as the ESI MIRA program) that were submitted in October are about to undergo peer review. The remaining 10% were administratively withdrawn, mostly because the research proposed fell outside the NIGMS mission. This is comparable to the proportion that was withdrawn over the past 3 years. Withdrawn applications represent a lot of wasted time and effort on the part of affected PIs and are the source of considerable frustration. So what can you do to minimize the chance of this happening to your ES...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - January 15, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Research Administration Early Stage Investigator Funding Policies MIRA Preparing an Application Source Type: blogs

Perspectives on Choosing the Best Research Organism for Your Scientific Question
Among the research organisms discussed at the NIGMS workshop last September are (clockwise): Ambystoma mexicanum (axolotl, credit: iStock), Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast, credit: see NIGMS Image and Video Gallery), Vibrio fischeri (bobtail squid, credit: Dr. Satoshi Shibata), and Platyhelminthes (planarian, credit: iStock). Consistent with NIGMS’ mission to support a diverse portfolio of biomedically relevant basic research, we aim to support research that uses a wide range of research organisms (ROs). We see this approach as the best way to increase our understanding of life. This past fall, we hosted a...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - January 13, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Matt Mills Tags: Meetings/Events Research Organisms Webinars Source Type: blogs

Wanted: Program Director, Biochemistry and Bio-related Chemistry Branch
We’re recruiting for an accomplished scientist with experience in the biochemical sciences to join the Biochemistry and Bio-related Chemistry (BBC) Branch of the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry (PPBC). The BBC Branch supports research studies in synthetic chemistry, biochemistry, and bio-related chemistry. Research in this Branch is related to enzymology, bioenergetics, carbohydrate chemistry and recognition, synthetic methodology development, natural product synthesis and biosynthesis, peptide and protein chemistry, and synthetic biology.  The successful applicant will be ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - January 9, 2020 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Job Announcements Source Type: blogs

Funding Opportunity: Support of Competitive Research (SC1, SC2, SC3) Awards
The Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) program strives to increase the research competitiveness of faculty at institutions with a historical mission or demonstrated track record of training and graduating students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research (see NIH’s Notice of Interest in Diversity). Funding opportunity announcements for the three SCORE mechanisms were just reissued: SCORE Research Advancement Award (SC1)PAR-20-039The SC1 mechanism is for established investigators who can demonstrate a need to augment their research skills (e.g., quality/quantity of preliminary data) a...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - November 20, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Training/Fellowships/Career Development Source Type: blogs

Wanted: Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences Director
BBCB Search Committee Members: Enrique De La Cruz, Yale University Daniel Gallahan, National Cancer Institute Jill Heemskerk, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Ming Lei, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Chair Cathy Wu, University of Delaware The search is now open for an outstanding candidate to serve as director of our Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences (BBCB). The division supports the development of biophysical and computational methods and tools for understanding basic biological questions; physical and theoretical methodologies...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - November 18, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Matt Mills Tags: Job Announcements Source Type: blogs

Advancing Sepsis Research: New Models and Novel Approaches
At the September meeting of the NIGMS Advisory Council, I delivered the Institute’s response to the recommendations of the Working Group on Sepsis. For more information, you can watch the videocast of the presentation. Watch the sepsis presentation at the September Advisory Council meeting. As a funding institute, we want to rebalance our research portfolio to invest in sepsis in more targeted, strategic ways. Planned efforts include: Placing greater emphasis on patient-derived materials (“bedside to bench”)Developing a mechanistic understanding in patients to categorize sepsis endotypesP...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - October 28, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Research Administration NIGMS Advisory Council Sepsis Research Source Type: blogs

Funding Opportunity: Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) R25
In March, we released an NIH Guide notice informing the community of our intent to continue the Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) R25. We’re now pleased to announce that the IPERT funding opportunity announcement (FOA) (PAR-19-383) has been reissued with minor changes. The goal of IPERT is to enable the scientific community to develop and implement innovative educational activities that equip diverse cohorts of participants with the skills required for careers in the biomedical research workforce. IPERT activities must integrate the required components of the Research Education Program Plan (RE...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - October 4, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Training/Fellowships/Career Development Source Type: blogs

Funding Opportunity: Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) Program
We’re pleased to announce that the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) (K12) funding opportunity announcement (PAR-19-366) has been reissued with some minor changes. IRACDA combines a mentored postdoctoral research experience at a research-intensive institution with an opportunity to develop critical teaching and mentoring skills at a teaching-intensive partner institution that has a diverse student population. The primary goal of the program is to develop an inclusive pool of well-trained biomedical scientists who have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue independent academ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - September 30, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Training/Fellowships/Career Development Postdoctoral Source Type: blogs

Webinar for Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (T32) Program Applicants
Are you preparing an institutional Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (T32) grant application? If so, please join us for a webinar about the program and the opportunity to ask questions: Monday, November 4, 1:00-3:00 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 January 28 receipt date. Feel free to send your questions in advance to us (Sailaja Koduri or Veerasamy Ravichandran) or post them live in the chat box during the event. To ac...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - September 26, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Meetings/Events Training/Fellowships/Career Development Biomedical Graduate Education Preparing an Application Webinars Source Type: blogs

NIGMS Continues Its MIRA Program
We’ve issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) PAR-19-367 to maintain continued support of our Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) program. Under this new FOA, investigators with an active NIGMS R35 grant (both early-stage and established investigator MIRA) can submit renewal MIRA applications, and investigators with a single-PI R01-equivalent NIGMS award (DP1, DP2, R01, R37, SC1) can submit new MIRA applications. Some changes to this FOA include: 1. Eligibility: New MIRA applications should be submitted within the fiscal year that follows the fiscal year of the original project pe...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - September 16, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Research Administration Early Stage Investigator Established Investigator Funding Policies MIRA Source Type: blogs

Wanted: Program Director, Genetic Mechanisms Branch
We’re recruiting for an accomplished scientist to manage research grant, fellowship, training, and other types of awards focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying inheritance, gene expression, and development. The position is in our Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Job responsibilities involve working collaboratively with other staff to stimulate, plan, advise, direct, and evaluate program activities for a portfolio of research awards. Applicants should have expertise and experience using state-of-the-art molecular genetics and/or genomics-based approa...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - September 13, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Job Announcements Source Type: blogs

Susan Gregurick to Lead Data Science Activities at NIH
It’s with profoundly mixed emotions that I tell you that Susan Gregurick has been named the NIH associate director for data science and director of the Office of Data Science Strategy. This new position will allow her to play a key role in shaping data science activities across NIH. Susan has provided extraordinary leadership to our Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences (BBCB) for the past 6 years and has been an essential member of the Institute’s senior staff. I’m confident that she’ll bring the same level of enthusiasm, professionalism, judgment, an...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - September 12, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Director’s Messages Job Announcements News NIGMS Staff News Source Type: blogs

New Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Programs Announced
In March, we shared our plans to develop a new program as part of our efforts to enhance postdoctoral career transitions to promote faculty diversity in the biomedical research workforce. We’re pleased to announce that the Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) funding opportunity announcements have been published. MOSAIC is designed to facilitate the transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds, such as individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce at the faculty level, into independent faculty careers a...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - August 26, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Matt Mills Tags: Funding Opportunities Training/Fellowships/Career Development Biomedical Graduate Educations Biomedical Research Enterprise Postdoctoral Source Type: blogs

Request for Information on Human Biospecimens for Research on Sepsis
NIGMS wants to advance our understanding of sepsis in order to accelerate improved diagnosis and treatment strategies. Based on the recommendations of our National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council Working Group on Sepsis, we intend to continue our support of fundamental discovery and mechanistic science relevant to sepsis. We recently identified the Institute’s specific priorities for sepsis research in an NIH Guide notice (NOT-GM-19-054). Additionally, the Working Group recommended that NIGMS encourage the use of human clinical materials to facilitate more rapid progress toward better identification, stagin...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - August 23, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Matt Mills Tags: Requests for Information NIGMS Advisory Council Sepsis Research Source Type: blogs

Funding Opportunities for National Cryo-ET Service Network
NIH has issued two funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) to advance the application of cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET), a powerful imaging method for directly visualizing macromolecular associations and organization in native cells. The first FOA, RFA-RM-19-009, will establish four service centers that will specialize in cryo-ET specimen preparation. The other FOA, RFA-RM-19-010, in addition to cryo-ET specimen preparation, will establish a network hub that will support these service centers and collect cryo-ET images for their users. These centers will provide the following services to the community: Ac...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - August 20, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Matt Mills Tags: Funding Opportunities NIH Guide Notices Source Type: blogs

Seeking Two Branch Chiefs for the Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry Division at NIGMS
We’re recruiting for two accomplished individuals with interest and experience in the scientific areas that comprise the Biochemistry and Bio-related Chemistry (BBC) and the Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences (PPS) Branches of the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry. Successful applicants will be responsible for scientific and administrative planning, evaluation, and management of one of the branches, along with supervision of program directors with portfolios of funded research and small business grants. Each Chief will additionally handle a portfolio of research grants consis...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - August 19, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Matt Mills Tags: Job Announcements Source Type: blogs

Workshop on NIGMS Training Funding Opportunities
If you’re considering applying for programs in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, don’t miss our workshop later this year for faculty interested in developing student research training programs: Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. MT During the event, which will be held at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, we’ll discuss our funding opportunities for community colleges and bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degree-awarding institutions. You’ll gain information on the grants and peer review processes, obtain tips for writing propos...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - August 13, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Meetings/Events Training/Fellowships/Career Development Preparing and Application Webinars Source Type: blogs

Funding Opportunity: Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), Phases 1 and 2
The Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program supports biomedical research and research capacity building in states and territories that historically have had low levels of NIH funding. The Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) are long-standing IDeA funding initiatives supporting thematic, multidisciplinary centers that establish and strengthen institutional biomedical research capacity via three sequential 5-year phases. Funding opportunity announcements for the first and second phases of COBRE were just reissued: COBRE Phase 1 (P20) PAR-19-313 Supports the development of a multidiscip...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - August 1, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Matt Mills Tags: Funding Opportunities Institutional Development Award Research Capacity Building Source Type: blogs

Notice of Information on NIGMS Priorities for Sepsis Research
At the recent National Advisory General Medical Sciences (NAGMS) Council meeting, the Recommendations of the NAGMS Working Group on Sepsis were presented. As one of our first responses to the recommendations of this working group, NIGMS has published a Notice of Information on NIGMS Priorities for Sepsis Research. The Notice of Information provides potential applicants with details of specific research topics that are of special interest to NIGMS as well as those that are considered to be of low priority for funding. If you have any questions about NIGMS Priorities for Sepsis Research, please contact me. (Source...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - July 31, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities NIGMS Advisory Council Sepsis Research Source Type: blogs

New Bridges Training Programs Announced
In September 2018, we presented our plans to reorganize the Bridges training programs, part of a larger effort to reorganize the undergraduate and graduate programs in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity. We’re now pleased to announce two new Bridges 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 a...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - July 30, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Meetings/Events Training/Fellowships/Career Development Preparing an Application Webinars Source Type: blogs

NIGMS Grantees Receive Top U.S. Award in Science and Engineering
I’m pleased to congratulate four members of the NIGMS community who are among the recipients of the 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers . This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology. Michael Boyce, Ph.D. , is an assistant professor of biochemistry at Duke University. As an expert glycoscientist, he is bringing state-of-the-art chemical-biological approaches to studies of cell s...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - July 25, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Director’s Messages News NIGMS Grantee News Source Type: blogs

Webinar for NIGMS National and Regional Resources Program Applicants
If you’re considering applying for our Limited Competition: NIGMS National and Regional Resources (R24 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed) announcement (PAR-19-301) for the September 26 receipt date, don’t miss our upcoming webinar: Monday, August 5, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET During the webinar, we’ll provide an overview of the program, explain the process for assessing applications, and answer any questions you may have. To join the webinar, visit the WebEx meeting page and enter the meeting number 627 078 274 and the password nigms. Alternatively, you can join by phone by calling 1-650-479-3208 and...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - July 24, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Matt Mills Tags: Funding Opportunities Meetings/Events Resources Preparing and Application Research Resources Webinars Source Type: blogs

NIGMS Administrative Supplements for Helium Recovery Systems
We’re offering administrative supplements to NIGMS-funded P20, P30, P41, R01, R35, R37, and RM1 awards for the purchase of helium recovery systems. The deadline for these supplement applications is August 5, 2019. Note that: These funds are intended for the purchase of 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 funds.For these supplements, we request one application from an NIGMS grantee on behalf of all active NIGMS-...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - July 11, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Resources Administrative Supplements Research Resources Source Type: blogs

Funding Opportunity: NIGMS National and Regional Resources
Research resources provide access to technologies, methods, and expertise that are not generally available to individual laboratories. Large-scale research resources can significantly broaden access to cutting-edge technologies and can achieve economies of scale not possible for facilities serving individual institutions. We have just published a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support national and regional (multistate) resources for biomedical research that will provide access to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, technologies, research tools, and software to many users. We expect the impact of thes...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - June 27, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Funding Opportunities Resources Research Resources Source Type: blogs

Funding Opportunity: Diversity Program Consortium Dissemination and Translation Awards (DPC DaTA) and Webinar
On behalf of the NIH Common Fund, we’ve just released a new funding opportunity announcement soliciting applications for the Diversity Program Consortium Dissemination and Translation Awards (DPC DaTA) (U01). This initiative is designed to broaden the DPC’s national impact. It provides an opportunity for institutions not currently part of the DPC to apply for funding to employ the consortium’s experimental methods to understand the effectiveness of biomedical research training, mentoring, or research capacity building interventions. Funded programs are expected to: Conduct hypothesis-driven ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - June 26, 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

NIGMS Statement in Support of Diverse and Inclusive Meetings and Conferences
On June 12, NIH Director Francis Collins announced that he will not take part in conferences or meetings in which “attention to inclusiveness is not evident in the agenda.” In keeping with this announcement, all NIGMS staff, including leadership, program and scientific review officers, grants management specialists, and others, will only attend meetings and conferences where the organizers have shown a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion in their selection of chairs, speakers, and panelists. NIGMS has a long-standing mission to promote diversity in the scientific enterprise. Helping to ensure that the ...
Source: NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - June 25, 2019 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Director’s Messages Meetings/Events Biomedical Research Enterprise Source Type: blogs