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National Institute of General Medical Sciences Predoctoral Basic Biomedical Sciences Research Training Program (T32)

The goal of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Basic Biomedical Sciences Research Training Program is to develop a diverse pool of well-trained scientists available to address the nation’s biomedical research agenda. Specifically, this funding announcement provides support to eligible, domestic organizations to develop and implement effective, evidence-informed approaches to biomedical graduate training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the biomedical research enterprise. NIGMS expects that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, and career development elements to prepare trainees for careers that will have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the nation. 

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) does not allow appointed Trainees to lead an independent clinical trial, but does allow them to obtain research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor.

T32 Due Dates: Jan. 25, May 25, Sep. 25

PAR-23-228 Expiration Date September 26, 2026

Eligibility Requirements

As described in the instructions for the Training Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) in Section IV.2 below, NIGMS encourages multiple PDs/PIs, particularly when each brings a unique perspective and skill set that will enhance training. Note the following:

  • To provide research training leadership for the program, at least one of the training PDs/PIs should have a record of using rigorous and transparent methods in experimental design, data collection, analysis, and reporting in a biomedical research field applicable to the program.
  • Additional PDs/PIs may be included to strengthen the expertise of the PD/PI team. Examples include individuals such as program directors who regularly interact with students, or individuals with expertise in education, relevant social sciences, program evaluation, mentoring, or university administration. 

Any of the PDs/PIs may serve as the contact PD/PI. The contact PD/PI is expected to have a full-time appointment at the applicant organization unless extremely well-justified. If the full-time status of the contact PD/PI changes after the award, the organization must obtain prior program approval to appoint a new PD/PI or request a deviation from the full-time rule. The PD(s)/PI(s) will be responsible for:

  • The overall direction, management, administration, and evaluation of the program.
  • The day-to-day administration of the program, including direct involvement with trainees.
  • The selection and appointment of trainees to the research training program.
  • The selection of faculty mentors for the program, assessment of mentor performance, and ensuring the program deals appropriately with substandard mentor performance.
  • Monitoring and assessing the program and submitting all documents and reports as required.
  • Appointing members of the Advisory Committee (when applicable) and implementing their guidance as appropriate.

Applicant organizations may submit more than one application, provided that each application is distinct with respect to the scientific area of research training. Through this funding announcement, NIGMS will accept predoctoral training grant applications to enhance graduate research training in 12 broad areas of basic biomedical sciences. NIGMS will support only one training program in a basic biomedical science research training area per applicant organization (normally identified by having a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and a unique NIH eRA Institutional Profile File (IPF) number).  Applicants are expected to identify the program area to which they are applying on the Cover Page (see below).