Clarification of the Instructions for Applications to the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program (PAR-09-104)

Notice Number: NOT-GM-09-025

Key Dates
Release Date:  June 30, 2009

Issued by
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), (


The purpose of this notice is to clarify: (1) the guidelines for the content and format of the Research Plan of IMSD renewal  applications and (2) the required program-supported participant information to be included in the Preliminary Studies/Progress Report sections in the Research Plan of renewal applications.

The 25 page limit for the Research Plan (corresponding to PHS 398 sections on Specific Aims, Background and Significance, Preliminary Studies/Progress Report, and Research Design and Methods) for all applications (new and renewal) includes all summarizing data tables, graphs, figures, diagrams and charts. Applicants may use the appendix to include evaluation instruments as well as detailed information that further clarifies the summarized data tables included in the Research Plan. The summarizing data tables in the body of the Research Plan must include clear and precise statements of the location of the required detailed information in the appendix.

Renewal applications must include in the appendix a list of appointed (program-supported) undergraduate (B.S./B.A.) and graduate (Ph.D.) participants, as applicable, including name, contact information (phone, address, email), underrepresented group, gender, current academic status, degree pursued and institution. The Preliminary Studies/ Progress Report section of the Research Plan in renewal applications can include cumulative tables to summarize the required information on program-supported participants. Each summarizing table must include a clear and precise statement of the location of the required detailed information in the appendix.

All other aspects of this FOA remain unchanged.


For further information contact:

Alberto L. Rivera-Rentas, Ph.D.
Program Director, MBRS Branch
National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH
45 Center Drive, Room 2As.37, MSC 6200
Bethesda, MD 20892-6200
Telephone: (301) 594-3900
Fax: (301) 480-2753

Weekly TOC for this Announcement
NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices

Office of Extramural Research (OER) - Home Page Office of Extramural
Research (OER)
  National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Home Page National Institutes of Health (NIH)
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
  Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Home Page Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS) - Government Made Easy

Note: For help accessing PDF, RTF, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Audio or Video files, see Help Downloading Files.