Recovery Act Funding Announcements for "Grand Opportunities" and Faculty Hiring Grants

From: Berg, Jeremy (NIH/NIGMS) [E]
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2009 2:30 PM
To: NIGMS Principal Grantees and Recent Applicants
Subject: Recovery Act Funding Announcements for "Grand Opportunities" and Faculty Hiring Grants

Dear NIGMS Grantees and Recent Applicants:

NIH has released two new announcements related to Recovery Act funding.

The first, the Recovery Act "Grand Opportunities" Grants program (nicknamed "GO" grants), will support high-impact ideas that lend themselves to short-term, non-renewable funding and may lay the foundation for new areas of investigation. Applicants may propose to address a specific research question or to create a unique infrastructure/resource designed to accelerate scientific progress in the future.

For important details about the project scope and specific requirements for these grants, see

Applications for NIGMS "GO" grants should be responsive to the NIGMS topic list, which is posted at

The second, the Recovery Act program for Biomedical Research Core Centers to Enhance Research Resources [reissued March 30, 2009, as Supporting New Faculty Recruitment to Enhance Research Resources through Biomedical Research Core Centers], is intended to help institutions hire tenure-track faculty. The formal name relates to the P30 mechanism that is used. NIGMS will consider applications from institutions to hire, and help support start-up packages for, faculty who are newly independent investigators doing research related to the NIGMS mission. We are particularly interested in helping to restart faculty searches that were discontinued due to economic constraints.

The request for applications is at

For details on specific NIGMS interests and instructions, see

As always, I welcome your comments.


Jeremy M. Berg
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