The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has a strong track record of funding scientists who receive a Nobel Prize.
Since its creation in 1962, NIGMS has supported the work of 89 Nobel laureates—43 in physiology or medicine and 46 in chemistry. These investigators perform cutting-edge basic research that is the foundation for understanding normal life processes and disease. Among their discoveries are:
These and other important breakthroughs in chemistry and biology often lead to more focused research that, years later, leads to important medical advances or products such as medicines or biotechnology tools.
full list of NIGMS-supported Nobel Prize winners and links to news releases about their work.
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The Nobel Prize was created by Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel. The international award has been given yearly since 1901 for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace. Another category, economics, was added by the Nobel Foundation in 1968. Winners receive their awards on December 10, the anniversary of Nobel's death. For more facts about the Nobel Prize, visit
Want to know more about NIGMS and the award-winning researchers it funds? Visit https://www.nigms.nih.gov.
NIGMS is a part of the National Institutes of Health that supports basic research to increase our understanding of biological processes and lay the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. For more information on the Institute's research and training programs, visit https://www.nigms.nih.gov.
Content revised October 2018
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