NIGMS Administrative Supplements to Support Undergraduate Summer Research


We’re offering another round of 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. We’ll accept requests under PA-20-272, Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional). The research experiences can be conducted remotely or in person, depending on the institutional policies of each applicant.

NIGMS will support students at any stage of their undergraduate career. Students may be U.S. or non-U.S. citizens and may be affiliated with either the applicant institution or another academic institution. We encourage principal investigators to select students who otherwise would not have access to research experiences to participate in this program. Only one student per NIGMS-funded award will be considered for funding. 

This supplement is intended for undergraduate research. Support of individuals at other training stages may be possible through the NIGMS Diversity Supplement Program.

The deadline for these supplement applications is March 15, and the awards will provide funds for students during this upcoming summer.

Please consult NOT-GM-22-009 for detailed instructions on the application process.

Note that investigators with active R15 awards cannot receive supplemental funds for this program. This is because direct costs on R15 awards are limited to $300,000 over the entire project period and most of the NIGMS R15 awards are at or close to this limit.

If you have any questions about these supplements, please contact the NIGMS program officer assigned to the parent grant of the supplement request.

6 Replies to “NIGMS Administrative Supplements to Support Undergraduate Summer Research”

  1. Hello,
    I am a eligible investigator for this supplement. However, I was wondering if undergraduates that graduate in May and will be going to graduate school in August would be eligible for this supplement? I would love for this highly talented student to do full-time research over the summer, but without additional funds this will not be very feasible.

    1. Thank you for your question. For the administrative supplement associated with NOT-GM-22-009, applications will be considered for students who are enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of application.

  2. Hello,

    My Principal Investigator had submitted an application. I was wondering how long it takes the committee to review the applications and when should we expect a reply since the time of submission. Thank you.

    1. We realize that applicants need to make decisions about summer staffing and are working to provide updates as soon as possible. We expect that most notifications will be sent prior to mid-May.

  3. Under NOT-GM-22-009, the supplement can be used for summer research by undergraduates only if they get 8-10 weeks of *salary*, but not an 8-10 week *stipend*. Why the distinction? Our local summer undergraduate research program (SURP) gives a stipend to defray living costs while the undergraduate students complete their summer research project. It seems to be exactly what NIGMS is interested in funding with this supplement, except not because it’s a stipend and not a salary? Thanks for any clarification.

    1. Per the NIH Grants Policy Statement, stipends are not allowable costs on non-NRSA grants. Also, stipends are not allowable under research grants even when they appear to benefit the research project.
      It is allowable as cost-of-living allowances for trainees and fellows only under Kirschstein-NRSA individual fellowships and institutional research training grants. The stipends provided to recipients of NRSA support offset the cost-of-living during the period of training and are not considered equivalent to salaries or other forms of compensation provided to individuals supported on research grants.

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