NIGMS Programs in Specific Scientific Areas

NIGMS supports basic research that increases understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Most applications to NIGMS are not in response to a specific solicitation, but the Institute does fund research in several special areas, a selection of which appear below. For more information, see the complete list of all NIGMS research funding opportunities, programs and grant mechanisms.

Active Programs

Cellular Imaging
Research that applies and develops imaging technologies to understand the underlying biology and dynamic processes of living cells.

Clinical Research ​Areas
Clinical research within the mission of NIGMS.

Mathematical Biology
An interagency program designed to bring mathematics into the core of biological research and to broaden the use of innovative mathematics in understanding life processes.

Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study
A collaboration of research and informatics groups to develop computational models that improve the detection, control and prevention of emerging infectious diseases, including those relevant to biodefense.

Science of Science Policy Approach to Analyzing and Innovating the Biomedical Research Enterprise (SCISIPBIO)​
An interagency program to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy, with a focus on the biomedical sciences.​

Stem Cell Initiatives
Initiatives to encourage and facilitate basic research on pluripotent stem cells, such as human embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells, including their use as model systems.

Systems Biology
Centers focused on systems-level studies of biomedical phenomena.

Past Programs

AIDS-Related Structural Biology Program
Research focused on the basic structural, biophysical and cell biological investigation of HIV and its interaction with the host cell.

Chemical Methodologies and Library Development
Centers that develop efficient, general, state-of-the-art methodologies for the design, synthesis, analysis and handling of chemical diversity libraries.

Large-Scale Collaborative Project Awards (Glue Grant) Program
Consortia that brought together large, interdisciplinary teams of researchers to solve complex problems in biomedical science.

Pharmacogenomics Research Network
A nationwide collaboration of scientists studying the effect of genes on people’s responses to medicines.

Protein Structure Initiative
An effort to apply high-throughput structure determination methods to study a broad range of important biological and biomedical problems.

Supplements for Collaborative Science
Administrative supplements that enabled NIGMS grantees to form new collaborations to support the goals of funded grants.