Author: Kenneth Gibbs

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Kenny, an immunologist, oversees the Institute's cross-disciplinary undergraduate and predoctoral training programs. He also manages the Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) K99/R00 and UE5 programs to promote faculty diversity, and research grants in the area of stem cell biology.

Posts by Kenneth Gibbs

Individual Fellowship and Career Development Programs Supported by NIGMS

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As graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, you may find yourself searching for opportunities to support the current or next stage of your research training. NIGMS has a long history of fostering research training and developing a strong biomedical research workforce through a variety of programs at all education levels. Many of our research training grants are made to organizations, which in turn select the students or postdoctoral researchers who’ll receive support. This post focuses on programs individual graduate students and postdoctoral scientists can directly apply to, regardless of your institutional or organizational affiliation.  

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New U-RISE and MARC Funding Opportunities and Upcoming Webinar

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

We’re pleased to announce that the notices of funding opportunities (NOFOs) for the Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE) (PAR-24-137) and Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) (PAR-24-138) programs have been reissued. These NOFOs aim to promote broad participation in the biomedical research workforce by strengthening research training environments and expanding the pool of well-trained students who:

  • Complete their baccalaureate degree, and
  • Transition into and complete biomedical, research-focused higher degree programs (such as a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.).
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New G-RISE and IMSD Funding Opportunities and Upcoming Webinar

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

We’re pleased to announce that the notices of funding opportunities (NOFOs) for the Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE; PAR-24-032) and Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD; PAR-24-031) programs have been reissued. These NOFOs aim to strengthen research training environments and promote broader participation in the biomedical research workforce by expanding the pool of well-trained scientists earning a Ph.D., for example, encouraging the inclusion of individuals from underrepresented groups (see Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity).

The new NOFOs have some changes from previous versions:

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New Advancing Research Careers (ARC) Predoc to Postdoc Transition Program and Upcoming Webinar

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

We’re pleased to announce the new Advancing Research Careers (ARC) program as part of NIGMS’ strategic efforts to enhance support for trainees from diverse backgrounds—for example, individuals from underrepresented groups—through critical career transition points. The ARC program is designed to enhance participation of trainees as they transition from predoctoral research training to postdoctoral research and career development. The program has two components:

ARC Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Transition Award to Promote Diversity (F99/K00) PAR-23-222

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Webinar for NIH MOSAIC Program Applicants

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

Are you preparing a grant application for the NIH Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) K99/R00 or UE5 programs? If so, please join our webinar to learn more about the programs and application components and to ask questions:

Tuesday, September 12, 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Zoom meeting link
Join by phone
Meeting ID: 160 151 7840
Passcode: 249272

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Virtual Meeting for Bridges Programs Applicants

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We’re pleased to announce a virtual “office hour” on August 16 for potential applicants for our Bridges to the Baccalaureate (B2B) and Bridges to the Doctorate (B2D) research training programs.

B2B develops a diverse pool of research-oriented undergraduates who transition from associate to baccalaureate degree-granting institutions and complete a baccalaureate STEM degree, positioning them to pursue research-oriented biomedical higher degree programs or enter careers in the biomedical research workforce.
Next application due date: September 25, 2023

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Webinar for NIH MOSAIC Program Applicants

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

Are you preparing a grant application for the NIH Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) K99/R00 or UE5 programs? If so, please join our webinar to learn about the programs and application components and to ask questions:

Wednesday, September 14, 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Zoom Meeting link
Meeting ID: 160 690 9580
Passcode: 228794

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Wanted: NIGMS Program Directors

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UPDATE: These positions are now closed.

We’re recruiting scientists for positions in our Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (GMCDB) and Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD). The successful applicants will be responsible for scientific and administrative management of a portfolio of research grants and/or research training and career development awards, and will stimulate, plan, advise, direct, and evaluate program activities related to their field of expertise.

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Webinar for U-RISE and MARC Training Program (T34) Applicants

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

Are you preparing a grant application for the Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE) or the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) T34 training programs? If so, please join our webinar to learn about the programs and application components. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask us questions:

Wednesday, April 6, 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET

During the webinar, we’ll provide a broad overview of the programs, and share our expectations for applications and the required data tables for the upcoming May 26, 2022, receipt date. We’ll also reiterate compliance information to help you avoid issues that could lead to application withdrawal.

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Wanted: NIGMS Program Directors

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UPDATE: These positions are now closed. Please visit our Job Vacancies page for more information.

We’re recruiting scientists for positions in our Division for Research Capacity Building (DRCB); Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (GMCDB); and Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD). The successful applicants will be responsible for scientific and administrative management of a portfolio of research grants, research training and career development awards, and/or capacity building awards, and will stimulate, plan, advise, direct, and evaluate program activities related to their field of expertise.

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