Undergraduate and Predoctoral Grant Programs

Introduction

The Undergraduate and Predoctoral Training Branch in TWD supports research training, student development and fellowship programs for undergraduate and predoctoral students, including individuals from populations that are underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce.​​​

For more information about the undergraduate and predoctoral training programs, contact:

Shiva P. Singh, Ph.D.
Chief, Undergraduate and Predoctoral Training, TWD
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-6200
Tel: 301-594-3900
E-mail: singhs@nigms.nih.gov


Programs​ for Institutions:​

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:

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; Desirée Salazar; Richard Okita; 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.

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

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


Programs for Students:

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

PA-18-586; 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.

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

Programs for Institutions:

MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR)(T-34)

PAR-17-068; 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.

NIGMS supported 57 institutions and 541 trainees.

Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)(R25)

PAR-16-361; Anissa J. Brown; Luis Cubano

The goal of RISE is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who complete the Ph.D. degree. The strategy is to support research education programs at institutions with significant student populations from underrepresented groups. These programs may include undergraduate-, M.S.- or Ph.D.-level trainees.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 50 institutions with 1,003 scholars.

  • 671 undergraduates
  • 122 M.S.
  • 210 Ph.D.

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)(R25)

PAR-17-040; Veerasamy Ravichandran; Sailaja Koduri

The goals of IMSD are to increase the number of undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups who complete Ph.D. degrees and enter the research workforce, and also to enhance the diversity of students in awardee institutions' Ph.D. programs. The strategy is to provide institutional grants for research training and developmental activities at research-intensive institutions.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 49 institutions.

  • 523 undergraduates
  • 368 doctoral scholars

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; Desirée Salazar; Richard Okita; 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.

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

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


Programs for Students:

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

PA-18-586; 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

Programs for Institutions:

Post baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)(R25)

PAR-17-051; Luis Cubano; Kenneth Gibbs

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.

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; Desirée Salazar; Richard Okita; 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.

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

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


Programs for Students:

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

PA-18-586; 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

Programs for Institutions:

Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)(R25)

PAR-16-361; Anissa J. Brown; Luis Cubano

The goal of RISE is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who complete the Ph.D. degree. The strategy is to support research education programs at institutions with significant student populations from underrepresented groups. These programs may include undergraduate-, M.S.- or Ph.D.-level trainees.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 50 institutions with 1,003 scholars.

  • 671 undergraduates
  • 122 M.S.
  • 210 Ph.D.

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

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


Programs for Students:

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

PA-18-586; 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

​Programs for Institutions:

NRSA Institutional Predoctoral Training Grants (T32)

PA-17-341; PA-18-403

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).

NIGMS Supports 3,001 Trainees in 279 Programs at 105 Institutions

Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)(R25)

PAR-16-361; Anissa J. Brown; Luis Cubano

The goal of RISE is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who complete the Ph.D. degree. The strategy is to support research education programs at institutions with significant student populations from underrepresented groups. These programs may include undergraduate-, M.S.- or Ph.D.-level trainees.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 50 institutions with 1,003 scholars.

  • 671 undergraduates
  • 122 M.S.
  • 210 Ph.D.

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)(R25)

PAR-17-040; Veerasamy Ravichandran; Sailaja Koduri

The goals of IMSD are to increase the number of undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups who complete Ph.D. degrees and enter the research workforce, and also to enhance the diversity of students in awardee institutions' Ph.D. programs. The strategy is to provide institutional grants for research training and developmental activities at research-intensive institutions.

FY2017: NIGMS supported 49 institutions.

  • 523 undergraduates
  • 368 doctoral scholars

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


Programs for Students:

Individual Predoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA)(F30/F31)

PA-18-671; Oleg Barski; Veerasamy Ravichandran; Darren Sledjeski; Anissa J. Brown | PA-18-666; Patrick Brown; Anissa J. Brown | PA-18-673; Kenneth Gibbs

NIGMS predoctoral fellowships 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. Fellowships are available for Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. or other dual-degree students, as well as to promote diversity in health-related research. 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.

In FY17 NIGMS supported 128 F31s (55 diversity; 73 parent) and 14 F30s

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

PA-18-586; 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​​​