Application and Funding Trends in Fiscal Year 2023

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NIGMS continues to support a broad range of scientific topics and investigators within its research portfolio, including support for investigator-initiated research project grants (RPGs) at institutions throughout the country. As part of its commitment to transparency, NIGMS examines and publishes data on annual trends reflected in its RPG portfolio. In this post, we review and describe investigator-level trends associated with competing R01/R01-equivalent RPGs including those in the Institute’s R35 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) program.

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

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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.

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New NIGMS Resource: How-To Videos on Preparing NIH Training Tables

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We’re pleased to announce the creation of informational videos on completing the NIH training tables. These videos take you through completing the NIH tables for undergraduate and graduate research training grant applications and, when applicable, research performance progress reports.

The following NIH training tables have informational videos* (accessible PDF versions are available on our website):

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Sample NIGMS Data Management and Sharing Plans Now Available

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Last year, NIH implemented a data management and sharing (DMS) policy to promote the sharing of scientific data. The policy requires that NIH grantees submit a DMS plan as part of their grant application. The great news is that most of our grantees already meet NIH’s DMS requirements, which we explain more fully in a list of FAQs.

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How Is the Post-Award Process Managed?

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This post is part of a series outlining NIGMS research priorities, funding opportunities, and the grant application process. You can read more posts in this series and sign up to receive all future posts delivered straight to your inbox.

Our previous posts in this series described NIGMS research priorities; major research project grants that we support; and overviews of our Institute’s research training, workforce development, and research capacity building programs. In this post, we discuss the notice of award (NOA), project reporting requirements, flexibilities in award management, and matters that require additional NIGMS approval. 

How Do I Manage the Post-Award Process?

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NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Presubmission Webinar

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

We’re pleased to announce a presubmission webinar for the NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program (PAR-23-137). The next application due date is June 7, 2024.

SEPA supports educational activities for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 to ensure that students and teachers from all communities and regions of the country have the opportunity to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). SEPA also supports informal STEM education activities outside the classroom. 

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Notice: NIGMS Support to Utilize Data and Biospecimens Generated by the ARDS, Pneumonia, and Sepsis Phenotyping Consortium

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We’ve issued a new notice: NIGMS Support to Utilize Data and Biospecimens Generated by the ARDS, Pneumonia, and Sepsis (APS) Phenotyping Consortium (NOT-GM-24-018). The purpose is to inform investigators that we’ll support studies that fall within the NIGMS mission and utilize biospecimens or data generated from the APS Consortium.

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Wanted: Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Program Directors

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UPDATE: These positions are now closed.

We’re seeking two highly qualified scientists to serve as program directors in the Genetic Mechanisms Branch (GMB) and the Developmental and Cellular Processes Branch (DCPB) of our Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (GMCDB).

GMCDB supports research grants focused on understanding the structure and function of cells and cellular components and the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie inheritance, gene expression, and development. All prospective candidates should have expertise in the mechanism and regulation of genetics including basic molecular processes, cellular biology, and/or developmental biology.

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Wanted: Biomedical Technology and Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program Directors

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UPDATE: These positions are now closed.

We’re recruiting accomplished scientists for program officer positions in the Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences (BBCB). The selected candidates will be responsible for scientific and administrative management of a portfolio of research grants, and will stimulate, plan, advise, direct, and evaluate program activities related to their field of expertise.

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Wanted: Scientific Review Officer

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UPDATE: This position is now closed.

We’re seeking a highly qualified scientist to serve as a scientific review officer in the Scientific Review Branch (SRB) of our Division of Extramural Activities.

SRB conducts the initial evaluation for scientific and technical merit of applications for funding through grants and cooperative agreements in areas of research that NIGMS supports. SRB’s key mission is to ensure that NIGMS grant applications receive expert, timely peer review, while avoiding bias and conflicts of interest in accordance with federal law and departmental policies.

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