Welcome to NIGMS

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) supports basic research that increases understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.​

Undergraduate Student Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity
Programs that foster research training and the development of a strong and diverse biomedical research workforce through a variety of programs at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty levels
Post-Doctoral Student Research Capacity Building
Programs that support research; faculty development; research training and capacity building; and science education
Principal Investigator Research Programs
Funding for principal investigators
Educator Educational Resources
Resources for students and educators intended to strengthen public understanding of science

Covid Virus. 

Latest Information About COVID-19

Get the latest public health information from CDC. Get the latest research information from NIH. Español. NIH applicants and grantees, visit NIH OER. Find information and resources related to NIGMS’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic on our COVID-19 News page.

Nobel Award 

NIGMS Grantees Win 2021 Nobel Prizes

Long-time NIH grantee David Julius awarded Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch.

Long-time NIGMS grantee David W.C. MacMillan awarded Nobel prize in chemistry for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis.


Science for the Public

Strengthening public understanding and appreciation of science is a key NIGMS goal. As part of its efforts, the Institute provides free science education materials on a range of topics.

Feedback Loop Blog

A catalyst for interaction with the scientific community

"I’m pleased to share that Dorit Zuk has been selected as NIGMS’ new deputy director​. Dorit has been a vital member of the NIGMS leadership team for many years, including serving as acting deputy director for the past year, and as director of our Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology since January 2016​."

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Biomedical Beat Blog

Follow the process of discovery​

"Happy National ​Chemistry Week! In honor of this celebration, we’re showcasing posts that focus on elements crucial for human health and scientific exploration. NIGMS-supported scientists are studying how each of these elements (and many others) can impact human health.​​

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Planning for Virtual Learning?
Lessons, activities, and videos on basic biomedical research and careers.

PATHWAYS is a collaboration between NIGMS and Scholastic, Inc.

GRADES 6-12

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