Welcome to NIGMS

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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.​

Proposed Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H)

Listening sessions with patient advocacy groups, industry, scientific professional organizations, and others
General medical sciences session on August 4, 2021, 2:00-3:15 p.m. ET​
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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

"President Biden recently called for the establishment of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) to improve our capabilities to speed research that can improve the health of all Americans. The proposed mission of ARPA-H could include investments in breakthrough technologies and broadly applicable platforms, resources, and solutions that can’t be readily accomplished through traditional research or commercial activity. Such innovations could transform important areas of medicine and health for the benefit of all patients."

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Biomedical Beat Blog

Follow the process of discovery​

"What looks like a bubbling lava lamp is actually part of an egg cell’s maturation process. In many animals, the egg cell develops alongside sister cells. These sister cells are called nurse cells in the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster), and their job is to “nurse” an immature egg cell, or oocyte.​"

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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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This page last reviewed on 7/21/2021 10:19 AM