Category: Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunity: Optimization of Data Storage and Utilization for the Sequence Read Archive

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We’re pleased to announce a new notice of special interest (NOSI) (NOT-GM-23-015) addressing the urgent need for cost reduction of the Sequence Read Archive (SRA) data storage and utilization.

The SRA, hosted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), contains a broad collection of raw DNA and RNA sequencing data that continues to grow exponentially. In an effort to reduce the cost and identify efficient solutions for SRA data, NIGMS has partnered with NLM and NIH’s Office of Data Science Strategy to support research on ways to optimize SRA data compression and representation.

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Administrative Supplements for NIGMS Training, Research Education, and Career Development Grants to Develop Curricular, Training, and Evaluation Activities

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To continue our efforts to modernize biomedical research training and career development, we invite eligible institutions with NIGMS training (T32, T34), certain research education (R25), or institutional career development (K12) awards to apply for administrative supplements to develop and implement curricular, training, or administrative activities to enhance:

  • Laboratory safety curriculum and a culture of safety in biomedical research training environments (NOT-GM-22-010)
  • Safe and inclusive biomedical research training environments (NOT-GM-22-011)
  • Undergraduate biomedical research training (NOT-GM-22-012) (T34 and R25 undergraduate programs only)
  • Program evaluation capacity (NOT-GM-22-013)
  • Mentoring in the research training environment (NOT-GM-22-014)
  • Wellness and resilience (NOT-GM-22-015)
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Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Phase 2 Funding Opportunity and Upcoming Webinar

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

I’m pleased to announce that the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Phase 2 funding opportunity announcement (FOA) (PAR-23-063) has been reissued. The COBRE program supports the establishment and development of innovative biomedical and behavioral research centers at Institutional Development Award (IDeA)-eligible institutions. The goal of this FOA is to strengthen successful Phase 1 centers through further research infrastructure improvements and continued development of investigators with shared scientific interests who can compete effectively for independent research funding.

Application receipt date: May 29, 2023
Earliest start date: April 2024

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Webinar for Institutional Predoctoral Training Grant in Basic Biomedical Sciences and MSTP Applicants

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We’re pleased to announce a technical assistance webinar for people interested in applying for training grants in the predoctoral basic biomedical sciences (PAR-20-213) and our Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) (PAR-21-189). The next application due date for both programs is January 25, 2023.

During the webinar, we’ll provide an overview of both programs and answer any questions you may have. You can send questions before the webinar or post them in the chat box during the event:

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New Leading Equity and Advancing Diversity MSTP Funding Opportunity and Upcoming Webinar

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

UPDATE: See the application due dates for the LEAD MSTP in NOT-GM-23-027.

This past February, we shared our plans to develop a program to broaden the types of institutions participating in NIH-funded dual-degree training programs. We’re pleased to announce that the Leading Equity and Advancing Diversity in the Medical Scientist Training Program (LEAD MSTP) funding opportunity announcement has been published (PAR-23-030). The LEAD MSTP aims to develop a diverse pool of highly trained clinician-scientists who meet the nation’s biomedical research needs. The program supports dual-degree training programs at institutions that haven’t historically been well represented among NIGMS-funded MSTPs. It’s limited to dual-degree training programs at 1.) historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and 2.) Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), and 3.) institutions in Institutional Development Award (IDeA)-eligible states. NIGMS encourages applications proposing partnerships between the applying HBCUs, TCUs, or IDeA-state institutions to further advance the goals of the program.

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Virtual Meeting for IMSD and G-RISE Program Applicants

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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). 

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Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program Funding Opportunity 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 Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) has been reissued (PAR-22-220). PREP’s goal is to develop a diverse pool of well-trained postbaccalaureates who transition into and complete rigorous biomedical, research-focused doctoral degree programs (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in biomedical fields relevant to the NIGMS mission

We’re hosting a webinar to discuss the key features of this FOA and to answer your questions:

Friday, December 9, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Zoom Meeting link
Meeting ID: 161 199 4922
Passcode: 153463
Join by phone: 669-254-5252 (San Jose) or 646-828-7666 (New York)

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COBRE Phase 1 Funding Opportunities for Data Sciences and Women’s Health Research and Upcoming Webinar

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

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve published two notices of special interest (NOSIs) requesting applications to PAR-22-250, Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Phase 1 (P20 Clinical Trial Optional), to build research capacity in data sciences (NOT-GM-23-011) and women’s health (NOT-GM-23-012) in IDeA states.

These NOSIs highlight the Office of Data Science Strategy’s interest in supporting meritorious applications on data science relevant to biomedical research, and the Office of Research on Women’s Health’s interest in supporting a meritorious application on women’s health.

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Intent to Reissue MIRA Funding Opportunity Announcement for Early Stage Investigators (R35)

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I’m pleased to announce that the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) for early stage investigators (ESIs) will be reissued in the spring of 2023. MIRA provides support for a research program in an ESI’s laboratory that falls within the NIGMS mission. For details, see NOT-GM-23-017

The reissued FOA will essentially be the same as the previous one, with a couple of minor changes:

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Webinar for the NIGMS Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) Program

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

I’m pleased to announce that the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for established and new investigators (PAR-22-180) has been reissued. MIRA provides support for the program of research in an investigator’s laboratory that falls within the NIGMS mission. The next application due date is January 17, 2023.

We’re hosting a webinar to discuss the key features of this FOA and to answer your questions:

Friday, October 21, 12:30-2:00 p.m. ET
Zoom meeting link
Meeting ID: 160 903 8368
Passcode: NIGMS

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