Virtual Meeting for Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) Applicants


We’re pleased to announce a virtual “office hour” on January 10 for potential applicants to our Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP).

PREP’s goal is to develop a diverse pool of well-trained postbaccalaureates who will transition into and complete rigorous biomedical, research-focused doctoral degree programs (such as Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in biomedical fields relevant to the NIGMS mission.

During the meeting, we’ll provide a brief overview of the PREP funding opportunity and answer your programmatic, budget, and scientific review questions. Those interested in joining the office hour are strongly encouraged to review the 2022 PREP prospective applicant webinar and companion slide deck [PDF] beforehand.

Please note we’ve recently released a notice updating the budget information for the upcoming due dates (NOT-GM-24-010) that:

  • Increases the maximum award budget to $500,000 direct costs per year
  • Increases the allowable total program director/principal investigator effort to 1.8 person-months per year
  • Clarifies instructions for requesting salary, fringe benefits, tuition remission, and travel

These updates will be discussed during the meeting.

Office Hour Information:

Wednesday, January 10, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Zoom link
Join by phone
Meeting ID: 160 559 8738
Passcode: NIGMS

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 January 10 Office Hour:

  • Lameese Akacem, PREP Program Officer
  • Laurie Stepanek, PREP Program Officer
  • Justin Rosenzweig, NIGMS Grants Management Team Lead
  • Sonia Ortiz-Miranda, NIGMS Scientific Review Officer

If you have any questions about the office hour, please contact Lameese Akacem or Laurie Stepanek.

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