Request for Information: Soliciting Input on the NIGMS 2021-2025 Strategic Plan Framework
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Key Dates

Release Date:

June 8, 2020

Response Date:
July 31, 2020

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National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)


This is a Request for Information (RFI) to invite comments and suggestions on the framework for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) 2021-2025 strategic plan.


The mission of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is to support basic research that increases understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. NIGMS-funded scientists investigate how living systems work at a range of levels, from molecules and cells to tissues, whole organisms, and populations. The Institute also supports research in certain clinical areas, primarily those that affect multiple organ systems. To assure the vitality and continued productivity of the research enterprise, NIGMS provides leadership in training the next generation of scientists, in enhancing the diversity of the scientific workforce, and in developing research capacities throughout the country.

The development of a strategic plan serves as an important opportunity to reflect on the core values of NIGMS, the outcomes of the Institute’s prior strategic plan, and how to proactively construct a management guide for the upcoming five years.

The prior NIGMS Strategic Plan was released in 2015 and is available here. A summary of outcomes and progress on the goals of that strategic plan is available here.

Information Requested

NIGMS has begun the process of developing a strategic plan for CY 2021-2025. As a first step in this process, Institute staff have developed a draft framework of broad goals and objectives for the new plan. Some of the goals are continuations from the current plan while others represent modifications or additions of goals and objectives. To ensure an appropriately targeted and effective plan, NIGMS requests your feedback. Comments will be used to help shape this framework and the ensuing strategic plan.

The NIGMS seeks comments on any of the following topics:

  • The suitability of the goals and objectives of the framework relative to the NIGMS mission;
  • Additional areas that should be considered in the plan’s framework;
  • Suggested performance measures and milestones that can be used to gauge success and/or inform course corrections;
  • Any other topic that respondents feel is relevant for NIGMS to consider in developing this framework and the subsequent 2021-2025 strategic plan.

How to Submit a Response

Responses to this RFI will be accepted through July 31, 2020. All comments will be anonymous and must be submitted via a web form at or communicated by email to

The Government will use the information submitted in response to this RFI at its discretion.The Government reserves the right to use any submitted information on public websites, in reports, in summaries of the state of the science, in any possible resultant solicitation(s), grant(s), or cooperative agreement(s), or in the development of future funding opportunity announcements.This RFI is for informational and planning purposes only and is not a solicitation for applications or an obligation on the part of the Government to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it. Please note that the Government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for use of that information.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Andrew Miklos, Ph.D.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

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