NIGMS Challenge Contest: Tracing Basic Research to Medical Advances—Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Note: This is an archived page that is not updated. The submission period for this challenge has ended.

Q. Does the advance require only NIGMS-supported research?

A. No. It only requires that NIGMS-supported research had a major impact on the development of the advance. It is up to the applicant to clearly justify how NIGMS support was critical to the advance.

Q. How do I know if NIGMS supported the advance?

A. The best way to demonstrate NIGMS’ support is to provide the NIH grant number(s) that directly funded the basic research that led to the advance. A good description of an NIH grant numbers can be found at this Web site Link to external Web site. The letters contain the NIH institute code. The code for NIGMS is GM. For example, grant number 1 R01 GM999999-12 is an NIGMS-supported grant.

Q. Can NIGMS give me any leads about where to look?

A. A good place to begin your search is the NIH RePORTER Web site. You can search by research area and for projects specifically funded by NIGMS. Another place to look is the acknowledgments section of published papers.

Q. Can NIGMS tell me if an advance was supported by NIGMS?

A. No. You must provide us with the information that justifies that the advance was supported by NIGMS.

Q. Who are the judges?

A. The judges will be a mixture of staff from NIGMS. We will also use outside technical  experts with knowledge of the history and importance of the specific field. The final decision will be made by the NIGMS Director.

Q. Will I get the judges’ critiques?

A. No. We will not be supplying feedback or critiques of the submissions.

Q. Will the submission be judged on how well it is written?

A. The submission will be judged based on four criteria:

  • Quality, clarity and historical accuracy (data are presented accurately),
  • Impact of the advance on people’s lives,
  • Impact of NIGMS funding on generating the advance, and
  • Originality, i.e., the submission cannot have been previously published.

The writing needs to be clear, persuasive, nontechnical and in English. NIGMS reserves the right to edit and modify submissions for clarity and style.

Q. When will the awards be announced?

A. Awards will be announced on the NIGMS Web site on or after December 4, 2014.

Q. How will I know if I have won?

A. Winners will be contacted at the e-mail address and phone number provided in their submission.