Current Programs in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD)

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Dr. Alison Gammie, TWD Director

TWD programs foster the training and development of a strong and diverse biomedical research workforce. The division funds research training, career development and diversity-building activities through a variety of programs at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, faculty and institutional levels.

Undergraduate and Predoctoral Training Branch

Shiva P. Singh, Ph.D., Branch Chief

Bridges to the Baccalaureate (R25)

PAR-17-210; Mercedes Rubio; Patrick Brown

The goal of this program is to promote the successful completion of baccalaureate degrees by students from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. The strategy is to support comprehensive science education and research-readiness student development programs that help diverse students at community colleges transition to baccalaureate degree programs at research-intensive partner institutions.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 39 institutions with 627 slots.

Bridges to the Doctorate (R25)

PAR-17-209; Patrick Brown

This program's goal is to promote the successful completion of doctoral degrees by students from underrepresented groups. The strategy is to support comprehensive science education and research-readiness student development programs that help diverse students in M.S. degree programs transition to Ph.D. degree programs at research-intensive partner institutions.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 15 institutions with 92 slots.

NIH Common Fund Initiative: Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce
Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) (U54)

RFA-RM-13-016; Anissa J. Brown, Luis Cubano, and Desirée Salazar ; Consortium contact: Alison Gammie

BUILD is a set of experimental training awards designed to implement and study innovative and effective approaches to engaging and retaining students from diverse backgrounds in biomedical research and preparing students to become future contributors to the NIH-funded research enterprise.

FY2017: BUILD supported 10 primary institutions, along with their funded (41) and unfunded (42) research and pipeline partner institutions.

Individual Predoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA) (F30 and F31 Diversity) Fellowships

PA-18-666; Patrick BrownAnissa J. Brown and PA-18-673Kenneth Gibbs

NIGMS provides predoctoral fellowships to eligible individuals who see advances in predoctoral research training in basic biomedical sciences through the NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31) and the NRSA Individual Predoctoral MD/Ph.D. or Other Dual-Doctoral Degree Fellowships for Students at Institutions Without NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs (F30). These fellowships, which generally provide up to 3 years of support, promote fundamental, interdisciplinary, and innovative research training and career development leading to independent scientists who are well prepared to address the nation's biomedical research needs. The strategy is to provide support to outstanding predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored training leading to the Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. or other dual-degree.

FY2018: NIGMS supported 5 diversity F31s and 104 F30s.

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (T32)

PAR-19-037; Veerasamy Ravichandran; Sailaja Koduri

The goal of the IMSD program is to develop a diverse pool of scientists earning a Ph.D., who have the skills to successfully transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce. The overarching objective of this institutional research training program is to develop a diverse pool of well-trained Ph.D. biomedical scientists.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 49 institutions (523 undergraduates and 368 doctoral scholars).

Institutional Predoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA) (T32)

PAR-17-341 (Basic Biomedical Sciences) and PAR-19-036​ (Medical Scientist Training Program); 16 Program Officers

NIGMS supports predoctoral research training grants at eligible institutions to enhance graduate (Ph.D.) research training in 12 broad areas of basic biomedical sciences relevant to the NIGMS mission. In addition, NIGMS supports the integrated medical and graduate research training through the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).

FY2017: NIGMS supported 3,001 trainees in 279 programs at 105 institutions.

Maximizing Access to Research Careers (T34)

PAR-19-219; Sailaja Koduri; Luis Cubano

The goal of this program is to increase the nation's pool of students from underrepresented groups who have the research experience and science preparation to matriculate and succeed in biomedical Ph.D. programs. The strategy is to support institutional programs of academic and research education, including 2 years of support of honors juniors and seniors and at least one summer research experience at a research-intensive institution.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 57 institutions with 541 trainees.

Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) (R25)

PAR-17-051; Kenneth Gibbs; Luis Cubano

The goals of PREP are to increase the number of baccalaureates from underrepresented groups who go on to Ph.D. degree programs, and also to enhance the diversity of students in awardee institutions' Ph.D. programs. The strategy is to support institutional programs that provide extensive research training and academic preparation at research-intensive institutions through 1- to 2-year research apprenticeships.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 34 institutions with 190 scholars.

Research Initiative for Student Enhancement (RISE) Program (T32 and T34)

Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) (T32) - PAR-19-102
Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE) (T34) - PAR-19-218

PAR-19-102; PAR-19-218; Anissa J. Brown; Luis Cubano

RISE is a training program that seeks to diversify the pool of students who complete a Ph.D. degree in biomedical research fields. By providing support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-based approaches to student training and mentoring, NIGMS expects that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, mentoring, and career development elements to prepare trainees for the completion of research-focused Ph.D. programs in biomedical fields.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 50 institutions with 1003 scholars (671 undergraduates, 122 M.S., 210 Ph.D.).

Postdoctoral Training Branch

Michael Sesma, Ph.D., Branch Chief

Career Development Awards (K08)

PA-16-191; K23; PA-16-198; PA-11-009; K25; PA-16-194; Michael Sesma; Alison Cole; Sarah Dunsmore; Rochelle Long; Scott Somers

The K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist and the K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research awards support individuals with M.D. degrees through mentored research career development experiences in anesthesiology, clinical pharmacology, trauma and burn injury or wound healing. The K25 Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award supports investigators from quantitative science and engineering disciplines who seek to focus on questions of health and disease.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 25 K08 awards in 22 institutions, 18 K23 awards in 196 institutions, and 0 K25 awards.

Individual Postdoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA) (F32)

PA-19-188​; 10 Program Officers

Postdoctoral fellowships support advanced and specialized training in basic and/or clinical research through an intensive, mentored research project experience that encourages the development of independence, innovation and creativity in a highly productive research setting.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 381 F32 awards in 80 institutions.

Institutional Postdoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA) (T32)

PA-18-403; Alison Cole; Michael Bender; Scott Somers

Institutional training programs support research training for clinician-scientists in four clinically relevant research areas within the mission of NIGMS: anesthesiology; clinical pharmacology; medical genetics; and injury and critical illness. Trainees receive at least 2 years of research training in basic, clinical and/or translational science areas and engage in activities to promote research career development.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 8 medical genetics, 10 clinical pharmacology, 16 anesthesiology, and 17 injury and critical illness​ programs; with 207 trainees.

Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) (K12)

PAR-16-103; Desireé Salazar

IRACDA supports postdoctoral training to prepare for independent research and teaching careers in academia, and strengthens and modernize science educational offerings at partner institutions with significant enrollments of students from underrepresented groups. Postdoctoral scholars are supported for a 3-year mentored research, teaching and career development experience in a research-intensive institution and regional, primarily teaching institutions with significant underrepresented student populations.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 20 programs and 189 scholars.

Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) (R25)

PAR-17-070; Michael Sesma

The goal of this program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical research needs. The strategy is to fund activities with a primary focus on courses for skills development, structured mentoring activities and outreach programs.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 21 IPERT awards in 21 institutions.

NIH Common Fund Initiative: Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce

Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC) (U54)

RFA-RM-13-015; Michael Sesma; Consortium contact: Alison Gammie

The CEC coordinates consortium activities and evaluates the efficacy of the training and mentoring approaches developed by BUILD and NRMN awardees in order to disseminate effective approaches to the broader research and mentoring communities.

FY2017: One CEC award to coordinate and evaluate interventions across the consortium.

National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) (U54)

RFA-RM-13-017; Mercedes Rubio; Consortium contact: Alison Gammie.

NRMN is developing a national network of motivated and skilled mentors from various disciplines linked to mentees across the country--from both BUILD and non-Diversity Consortium institutions--for individuals at the undergraduate to early career faculty levels and spanning biomedical disciplines relevant to the NIH mission. It will develop and disseminate best practices and training opportunities for mentors, and networking and professional development opportunities for mentees.

FY2017: One NRMN award, which includes 4 core partner institutions and over 100 partner institutions and organizations.

National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Senior Fellows (F33)

PA-18-672; Michael Sesma

These fellowships are intended to support experienced investigators seeking opportunities to undertake short periods of mentored research training that will allow them to redirect, revitalize or restart a research program upon returning to their home institutions.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 0 individuals.

Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)

PA-16-193; Oleg Barski, Paula Flicker; Michael Sesma; Dorit Zuk

The goal of this program is to shorten and facilitate the transition from a postdoctoral researcher to an independent investigator capable of leading a research team. The strategy is to support highly promising postdoctoral researchers in 2-year mentored research positions followed by 3 years of independent research support when the grantee obtains an independent position.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 33 K99 awards in 21 institutions; and 34 R00 awards in 30 institutions.

Research on Interventions Portfolio (R01)

RFA-GM-14-013; (R35) RFA-GM-17-002 Mercedes Rubio; Desirée Salazar; Michael Sesma

The goal of this program is to understand the social and behavioral factors that increase the interest, motivation and preparedness of students from underrepresented groups for biomedical research careers. The strategy is to support research that tests assumptions about these factors and that can inform and guide new, evidence-based interventions for research training.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 6 R01 awards in 5 institutions, NIGMS supported 2 R35 awards in 2 institutions

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)

PA-18-906; Desirée Salazar

This program employs the research project grant as the platform for intensive mentored research experiences within the scope of the grant during the continuum from high school to the postdoctoral level. The goal is to increase the nation's pool of students from underrepresented groups by preparing them to continue their training in biomedical research.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 142 awards; 72 new and 70 continuing awards.

Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers (Admin Supp)

PA-18-592; Desirée Salazar

This program employs the research project grant as the platform for intensive, mentored research experiences that facilitate re-entry and the establishment of a full-time, independent research career for individuals at the postdoctoral or early faculty level who have high potential to re-enter an active research career after taking time off to care for children or parents or to attend to other family responsibilities.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 3 awards.

For more information about TWD programs, see or contact Dr. Alison E. Gammie, director, TWD Division.