Workforce Development

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

PAR-21-196; Sydella Blatch ​Alexander; Joyce Stamm; Kalynda Gonzales Stokes

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.

Research on Behavioral In​terventions that Promote Careers In the Biomedical Research Enterprise (B-INSPIRE) (R01/R35)

PAR-24-230​; Mercedes Rubio​; Shakira Nelson

The purpose of this program is to support research that will enhance the evidence base for effective, high-impact, scalable interventions, and to improve our understanding of the factors contributing to success, including the social and behavioral factors, involved in the advancement of individuals pursuing independent academic biomedical research careers. Investigators may also apply for the Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) (R35) in this research area.

A Science of Science Approach to Analyzing and Innovating the Biomedical Research Enterprise (SoS:BIO)

NSF-23-569; Kenneth Gibbs

The program supports a portfolio of research to provide scientific analysis of important aspects of the biomedical research enterprise and efforts to foster a diverse, innovative, productive and efficient scientific workforce from which future research discoveries and scientific leaders will emerge. SoS:BIO is a joint initiative between NIGMS and the National Science Foundation through the Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, Impact (SoS: DCI) program in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences.​

Training Modules for Enhancing Biomedical Research Workforce Training (R25)

PAR-20-296​; Kalynda Gonzales Stokes​

This program is intended to encourage and enable the scientific community to create and disseminate training modules that will effectively contribute to the development of the biomedical research workforce. NIGMS intends to fund the development of these training modules in distinct subject areas that are relevant to the current biomedical research workforce. The areas are described through “Notices of Special Interest” found in the “Related Notices” section in the funding announcement. The modules should be targeted to impact individuals from a broad range of scientific disciplines and career stages.

Training and Workforce Development Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) (R41, R42, R43, R44)

NIGMS SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunities; Sailaja Koduri​

The goal of NIGMS is to support innovative projects that could benefit the research communities related to its mission. The Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity supports the development technologies and tools to enhance the research skills of post-high school individuals in the biomedical research workforce pathway, or to increase the efficiencies of NIGMS research training programs. The technologies may be new products or adaptation of existing products designed to be more efficient, cost-effective, culturally appropriate, and/or user-friendly in promoting the development of the biomedical research workforce. Examples for skills development projects include but are not limited to web-based resources, instructional software, interactive media, research-focused curriculum materials, and active learning toolkits. Projects aimed at enhancing NIGMS training programs include but are not limited to technologies to track career outcomes of students and trainees and/or assist in the evaluation of workforce development programs (e.g., survey instruments and/or training activity tracking systems). Projects that will develop skills of individuals from underrepresented groups (see the NIH's interest in Diversity) or increase the efficiencies of diversity enhancing research training programs are encouraged.