Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (T32)

Brief Synopsis from Sponsor: The goal of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (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. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) provides support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-based approaches to biomedical training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise. NIGMS expects that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, mentoring 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 program is limited to applications from training programs at research-intensive institutions (i.e., those with a 3-year average of NIH Research Project Grant funding equal to or above $7.5 million total costs). 

This FOA 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. 

Please read full opportunity linked above before submitting your application. 

Sponsor Funding: Application budgets must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. 

Be aware: Applicant organizations may submit only one application (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number or NIH IPF number). UofL will decide which to submit via an internal application process determined by peer review. 

Anyone interested in submitting for this program must first submit an internal application to , with copy to the applicable research dean, by 5 p.m. on the date listed above, including the following materials: 

  • A summary of the proposal (maximum two pages); 

  • A paragraph describing why you would be the most competitive candidate for this program; 

  • Your current curriculum vitae; 

  • A cover page that contains: 

  • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal; 

  • Your name, position, and UofL office contact information; 

  • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if applicable). 

Reviewers will judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put forward competitive internal proposals. Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria as well as the UofL strategic goals. 

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to  by the internal deadline listed above. 

If you have any questions, please
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