Virtual Meeting for IMSD and G-RISE Program Applicants


We’re pleased to announce a virtual “office hour” for people interested in applying for our Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) and Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) programs. The next application due date for both programs is January 30, 2023.

These research training programs share the goal of developing a diverse pool of scientists earning a biomedical Ph.D., but have different institutional eligibility based on NIH research project grant (RPG) support. IMSD eligibility is limited to research-intensive institutions (i.e., those with an average of funding greater than or equal to $7.5 million total costs over the last 3 fiscal years) while G-RISE eligibility is limited to research-active institutions (i.e., those with an average of NIH RPG funding less than $7.5 million total costs over the last 3 fiscal years). 

During the meeting, we’ll provide a brief overview of the IMSD and G-RISE funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) and answer your programmatic, budget, and scientific review questions. Those interested in joining the office hour are strongly encouraged to review the 2021 IMSD/G-RISE webinar and companion slide deck [PDF] prior to the meeting.

Office Hour Information:

Tuesday, December 13, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET
Zoom meeting link
Meeting ID: 161 398 3851
Join by phone: 669-254-5252 (San Jose) or 646-828-7666 (New York)

Participants requiring sign language interpretation and/or other reasonable accommodations should submit a request using our contact form at least 5 days prior to the meeting. Note this is a live event that will not be recorded.

NIGMS Staff Participating in the December 13th Office Hour:

  • Shakira Nelson, IMSD Program Officer
  • Mercedes Rubio, IMSD Program Officer
  • Sydella Blatch, G-RISE Program Officer
  • Justin Rosenzweig, NIGMS Grants Management Officer
  • Latarsha Carithers, NIGMS Scientific Review Officer

If you have any questions about the office hour, please contact  Shakira Nelson or Mercedes Rubio for IMSD and Sydella Blatch for G-RISE.

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