Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Funding Opportunity and Upcoming Webinar


UPDATE: The video and slides [PDF] for this webinar are available.

We’re pleased to announce our Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) has been reissued (PAR-24-128). This NOFO continues our support of eligible, domestic organizations to develop and implement effective, evidence-informed approaches to dual-degree training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the biomedical research enterprise and lead to the completion of both a clinical degree (for example, M.D., D.O., D.V.M., D.D.S., Pharm.D.) and a research doctorate degree (Ph.D.). We expect that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, and career development elements to prepare trainees for careers that will have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the nation.

The reissued NOFO has some changes from previous versions:

  • Changes to instructions in the Other Attachments and Appendix section.
    • The number of required other attachments is reduced:
      • Only two attachments are required: recruitment plan to enhance diversity and the baseline data on the trainee pool.
      • Two attachments are optional: advisory committee and training activities.
      • All other attachments from the previous NOFO are eliminated. Please note that no other attachments are allowed (other than those specifically listed in the NOFO), or the application will be withdrawn without review.
    • Requirements for appendices have been eliminated. Applications may only contain appendices that are allowed according to the SF424 Application Guide. Applications that contain any additional appendices will be withdrawn without review.
    • Applicants may incorporate information previously allowed in the other attachments and appendix (for example, retention plans, trainee data collection and storage, conflict resolution protocols) into the training program plan as indicated in the NOFO.
  • New language to encourage the following:
    • Faculty training and resources for trainees with disabilities.
    • Trainee feedback, climate evaluation, and confidentiality considerations when evaluating the program.
    • Program directors’/principal investigators’ involvement with day-to-day activities, including trainee interactions.
    • Program oversight, including trainee development, progress, and mentor/mentee relationships.
  • New language to clarify that training programs are typically not considered human subjects research.
  • Research training program-specific instructions in the Facilities & Other Resources section.

First application due date: May 25, 2024
Earliest start date: July 2025

MSTP Applicant Webinar

Join us to learn more about our MSTP (T32). During the webinar, we’ll provide a brief overview of the funding opportunity and answer your programmatic, budget, and scientific review questions.

Friday, April 12, 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET
Zoom link
Join by phone: 1-646-828-7666 (New York), 1-669-254-5252 (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 161 543 2691
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.

NIGMS Staff Participating in the April 12 Webinar:

  • Mercedes Rubio, Program Officer
  • Miles Fabian, Program Officer
  • Andrea Keane-Myers, Program Officer
  • Alison Gammie, Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity Division Director
  • Brett Hodgkins, Grants Management Team Lead
  • Latarsha Carithers, Scientific Review Officer

If you have any questions about the MSTP funding announcement, please contact Miles Fabian or Andrea Keane-Myers. If you have questions about the upcoming webinar, please contact Mercedes Rubio.

The webinar and presentation slides will be posted on the MSTP webpage following the event.

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