Undergraduate and Predoctoral Grant Programs

Introduction

The Undergraduate and Predoctoral Training Branch in TWD supports research training, student development and fellowship programs for undergraduate and predoctoral students, including individuals from populations that are underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce.​​​

For more information about the undergraduate and predoctoral training programs, contact:

Shiva Singh, Ph.D.
Chief, Undergraduate and Predoctoral Training Branch
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institutes of Health
45 Center Drive MSC 6200
Bethesda, MD 20892-6200


Programs for Institutions:

Bridges to the Baccalaureate (T34)

PAR-19-299; Mercedes Rubio; Patrick Brown

The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program provides support to institutions to help students make transitions at a critical stage in their development as scientists. The goal of this program is to provide structured activities to prepare a diverse cohort of community college students to transfer to and complete a bachelor's degree in biomedical research fields. The program requires partnerships between two-year post-secondary educational institutions granting the associate degree with four-year colleges or universities that offer the baccalaureate degree. The partnership/consortium must involve at least two colleges or universities including the applicant institution.

FY2018: NIGMS supported 39 institutions with 627 slots:

NIH Common Fund Initiative: The Diversity Program Consortium - Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce, Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD)(U54)

RFA-RM-13-016; Anissa J. Brown; Luis Cubano; Desirée Salazar; Consortium contact: Alison Gammie;

BUILD is a set of experimental training awards designed to implement and study innovative and effective approaches to engaging and retaining students from diverse backgrounds in biomedical research and preparing students to become future contributors to the NIH-funded research enterprise.

FY2018: BUILD supported 10 primary institutions, along with their funded (46) and unfunded (63) research and pipeline partner institutions.

NIH Common Fund Initiative: The Diversity Program Consortium - Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce, National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)(U54)

RFA-RM-13-017; Mercedes Rubio; Consortium contact: Alison Gammie

NRMN is developing a national network of motivated and skilled mentors from various disciplines linked to mentees across the country--from both BUILD and non-Diversity Consortium institutions--for individuals at the undergraduate to early career faculty levels and spanning biomedical disciplines relevant to the NIH mission. It will develop and disseminate best practices and training opportunities for mentors, and networking and professional development opportunities for mentees.

FY2018: One NRMN award, which includes 4 core partner institutions and over 100 partner institutions and organizations

Programs for Students:

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)

PA-18-586; Desirée Salazar

This program employs the research project grant as the platform for intensive mentored research experiences within the scope of the grant during the continuum from high school to the postdoctoral level. The goal is to increase the nation's pool of students from underrepresented groups by preparing them to continue their training in biomedical research.

FY2018: NIGMS supported 142 awards; 72 new and 70 continuing awards.

Programs for Institutions:

MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR)(T-34)

PAR-19-219; Sailaja Koduri; Luis Cubano

The goal of this program is to increase the nation's pool of students from underrepresented groups who have the research experience and science preparation to matriculate and succeed in biomedical Ph.D. programs. The strategy is to support institutional programs of academic and research education, including 2 years of support of honors juniors and seniors and at least one summer research experience at a research-intensive institution.

FY2018: NIGMS supported 54 institutions and 572 trainees.

NIH Common Fund Initiative: The Diversity Program Consortium - Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce, National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)(U54)

RFA-RM-13-017; Mercedes Rubio; Consortium contact: Alison Gammie

NRMN is developing a national network of motivated and skilled mentors from various disciplines linked to mentees across the country--from both BUILD and non-Diversity Consortium institutions--for individuals at the undergraduate to early career faculty levels and spanning biomedical disciplines relevant to the NIH mission. It will develop and disseminate best practices and training opportunities for mentors, and networking and professional development opportunities for mentees.

FY2018: One NRMN award, which includes 4 core partner institutions and over 100 partner institutions and organizations

NIH Common Fund Initiative: The Diversity Program Consortium - Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce, Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD)(U54)

RFA-RM-13-016; Anissa J. Brown; Luis Cubano; Desirée Salazar; Consortium contact: Alison Gammie

BUILD is a set of experimental training awards designed to implement and study innovative and effective approaches to engaging and retaining students from diverse backgrounds in biomedical research and preparing students to become future contributors to the NIH-funded research enterprise.

FY2018: BUILD supported 10 primary institutions, along with their funded (46) and unfunded (63) research and pipeline partner institutions.

Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE)(T34)

PAR-19-218; Anissa J. Brown; Luis Cubano

RISE is a training program that seeks to diversify the pool of students who complete a Ph.D. degree in biomedical research fields. By providing support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-based approaches to student training and mentoring, NIGMS expects that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, mentoring, and career development elements to prepare trainees for the completion of research-focused Ph.D. programs in biomedical fields.

FY2018: NIGMS supported 50 institutions with 1,003 scholars.

  • 671 undergraduates
  • 122 M.S. 210 Ph.D.
Programs for Students:

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)

PA-18-586; Desirée Salazar

This program employs the research project grant as the platform for intensive mentored research experiences within the scope of the grant during the continuum from high school to the postdoctoral level. The goal is to increase the nation's pool of students from underrepresented groups by preparing them to continue their training in biomedical research.

FY2018: NIGMS supported 142 awards; 72 new and 70 continuing

Programs for Institutions:

Post baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)(R25)

PAR-17-051; Luis Cubano; Kenneth Gibbs

The goals of PREP are to increase the number of baccalaureates from underrepresented groups who go on to Ph.D. degree programs, and also to enhance the diversity of students in awardee institutions' Ph.D. programs. The strategy is to support institutional programs that provide extensive research training and academic preparation at research-intensive institutions through 1- to 2-year research apprenticeships.

FY2018: NIGMS supported 31 institutions with 197 scholars.

NIH Common Fund Initiative: The Diversity Program Consortium - Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce, Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD)(U54)

RFA-RM-13-016; Anissa J. Brown; Luis Cubano; Desirée Salazar; Consortium contact: Alison Gammie

BUILD is a set of experimental training awards designed to implement and study innovative and effective approaches to engaging and retaining students from diverse backgrounds in biomedical research and preparing students to become future contributors to the NIH-funded research enterprise.

FY2018: BUILD supported 10 primary institutions, along with their funded (46) and unfunded (63) research and pipeline partner institutions.

NIH Common Fund Initiative: The Diversity Program Consortium - Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce, National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)(U54)

RFA-RM-13-017; Mercedes Rubio; Consortium contact: Alison Gammie

NRMN is developing a national network of motivated and skilled mentors from various disciplines linked to mentees across the country--from both BUILD and non-Diversity Consortium institutions--for individuals at the undergraduate to early career faculty levels and spanning biomedical disciplines relevant to the NIH mission. It will develop and disseminate best practices and training opportunities for mentors, and networking and professional development opportunities for mentees.

FY2018: One NRMN award, which includes 4 core partner institutions and over 100 partner institutions and organizations

Programs for Students:

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)

PA-18-586; Desirée Salazar

This program employs the research project grant as the platform for intensive mentored research experiences within the scope of the grant during the continuum from high school to the postdoctoral level. The goal is to increase the nation's pool of students from underrepresented groups by preparing them to continue their training in biomedical research.

FY2018: NIGMS supported 142 awards; 72 new and 70 continuing

Programs for Institutions:

Bridges to the Doctorate (R25)

PAR-19-300; Patrick Brown

This program's goal is to promote the successful completion of doctoral degrees by students from underrepresented groups. The strategy is to support comprehensive science education and research-readiness student development programs that help diverse students in M.S. degree programs transition to Ph.D. degree programs at research-intensive partner institutions.

FY2018: NIGMS supported 15 institutions with 92 slots

NIH Common Fund Initiative: The Diversity Program Consortium - Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce, National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)(U54)

RFA-RM-13-017; Mercedes Rubio; Consortium contact: Alison Gammie

NRMN is developing a national network of motivated and skilled mentors from various disciplines linked to mentees across the country--from both BUILD and non-Diversity Consortium institutions--for individuals at the undergraduate to early career faculty levels and spanning biomedical disciplines relevant to the NIH mission. It will develop and disseminate best practices and training opportunities for mentors, and networking and professional development opportunities for mentees.

FY2018: One NRMN award, which includes 4 core partner institutions and over 100 partner institutions and organizations

Programs for Students:

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)

PA-18-586; Desirée Salazar

This program employs the research project grant as the platform for intensive mentored research experiences within the scope of the grant during the continuum from high school to the postdoctoral level. The goal is to increase the nation's pool of students from underrepresented groups by preparing them to continue their training in biomedical research.

FY2018: NIGMS supported 142 awards; 72 new and 70 continuing

Programs for Institutions:

NRSA Institutional Predoctoral Training Grants (T32)

PAR-17-341; PAR-19-036

NIGMS supports predoctoral research training grants at eligible institutions to enhance graduate (Ph.D.) research training in 12 broad areas of basic biomedical sciences relevant to the NIGMS mission. In addition, NIGMS supports the integrated medical and graduate research training through the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).

FY2018: NIGMS Supported 3,136 Trainees in 282 Programs at 107 Institutions

Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (RISE)

Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) (T32) - PAR-19-102

Anissa J. Brown; Luis Cubano

G-RISE is a graduate student training program for institutions with research-active environments. Eligible institutions must have a 3-year average of NIH research project grant (RPG) funding less than $7.5 million in total costs. The program seeks to diversify the pool of students who complete a Ph.D. degree in biomedical research fields. By providing support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-based approaches to student training and mentoring, NIGMS expects that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, mentoring, and career development elements to prepare trainees for the completion of research-focused Ph.D. programs in biomedical fields.

FY2018: NIGMS supported 50 institutions with 1,003 scholars.

  • 671 undergraduates
  • 122 M.S.
  • 210 Ph.D.

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)(T32)

PAR-19-037; Sailaja Koduri; Veerasamy Ravichandran;

IMSD is a graduate student training program for institutions with research-intensive environments. Eligible institutions must have a 3-year average of NIH research project grant (RPG) funding greater than or equal to $7.5 million in total costs. The goal of the IMSD program is to develop a diverse pool of scientists earning a Ph.D., who have the skills to successfully transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce. The overarching objective of this institutional research training program is to develop a diverse pool of well-trained Ph.D. biomedical scientists.

FY2018: NIGMS supported 46 institutions.

  • 434 undergraduates
  • 369 doctoral scholars

NIH Common Fund Initiative: The Diversity Program Consortium - Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce, National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)(U54)

RFA-RM-13-017; Mercedes Rubio; Consortium contact: Alison Gammie

NRMN is developing a national network of motivated and skilled mentors from various disciplines linked to mentees across the country--from both BUILD and non-Diversity Consortium institutions--for individuals at the undergraduate to early career faculty levels and spanning biomedical disciplines relevant to the NIH mission. It will develop and disseminate best practices and training opportunities for mentors, and networking and professional development opportunities for mentees.

FY2018: One NRMN award, which includes 4 core partner institutions and over 100 partner institutions and organizations

Programs for Students:

Individual Predoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA)(F31/F30)

PA-19-196; Patrick Brown; Anissa J. Brown | PA-19-192; Kenneth Gibbs

NIGMS provides predoctoral fellowships to eligible individuals who seek advanced predoctoral research training in basic biomedical sciences through the NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31) and the NRSA Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD or Other Dual-Doctoral Degree Fellowships for Students at Institutions Without NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs (F30). These fellowships, which generally provide up to 3 years of support, promote fundamental, interdisciplinary, and innovative research training and career development leading to independent scientists who are well prepared to address the nation's biomedical research needs. The strategy is to provide support to outstanding predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored training leading to the Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. or other dual-degree.

In FY2018: NIGMS supported 68 diversity F31s and 15 F30s

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)

PA-18-586; Desirée Salazar

This program employs the research project grant as the platform for intensive mentored research experiences within the scope of the grant during the continuum from high school to the postdoctoral level. The goal is to increase the nation's pool of students from underrepresented groups by preparing them to continue their training in biomedical research.

FY2018: NIGMS supported 142 awards; 72 new and 70 continuing