Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements to Support Undergraduate Summer Research Experiences
Notice Number:

Key Dates

Release Date:


First Available Due Date:
March 15, 2022
Expiration Date:
New Date July 15, 2023 as per issuance of NOT-GM-23-048 (Original Expiration Date: March 16, 2024)

Related Announcements

PA-20-272 - Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)

Issued by

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)


The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) announces the availability of funds for Administrative Supplements to NIGMS-funded R01, R35, and R37 awards. These funds are intended for support of undergraduate students who are considering pursuing biomedical research careers by providing authentic research experiences in cutting-edge scientific environments during the summer.

For this supplement program, undergraduate students with a demonstrated interest in, or desire to pursue, research in health-related sciences may participate in a research project during the summer months. The research experiences can be conducted remotely or in-person, depending on the institutional policies. This experience is separate from any requirement of the regular academic program. The student may be affiliated with either the applicant institution or another academic institution.

Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project.

Application and Submission Information

Applications for this initiative must be submitted to PA-20-272 "Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)" or its subsequent reissuance.

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and PA-20-272 must be followed, with the following additions:

  • Application Due Date March 15, 2022, March 15, 2023, and March 15, 2024 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
  • For funding consideration, applicants must include NOT-GM-22-009 (without quotation marks) in the Agency Routing Identifier field (box 4B) of the SF424 R&R form. Applications without this information in box 4B will not be considered for this initiative.
  • Eligibility is limited to NIGMS-funded R01, R35 and R37 awardees. The parent award must be active when the supplemental application is submitted (e.g. within the originally reviewed and approved project period, and not already in a no-cost extension), regardless of the time remaining on the current project.
  • Only one student per NIGMS-funded grant will be considered.
  • Eligible students may be U.S. or non-U.S. citizens. For non-U.S. citizens, the applicant institution is responsible for determining and documenting that the candidate’s visa will allow the candidate to remain in the U.S. long enough to complete the research experience supported by the supplement.
  • Budget
    • Requests may be for one year of support only.
    • Funds may be requested for salary support and supplies for the summer student for a period of 8 to 10 weeks during the summer of 2022. The salary for an undergraduate student should be consistent with institutional salary policies. Funds up to $500 for supplies may be requested. Funds for travel are not allowed.
    • In the Budget Justification, include a brief statement regarding currently available unobligated grant funds and expenditure plans, in order to demonstrate the need for additional funds.
    • Applicants should note that the funds from this supplement cannot be used to support stipends or tuition.
  • Research Strategy (limited to 2 pages)
    • This section should include a summary or abstract of the funded parent award, as well as a description of how the mentored research experience relates to the specific goals and objectives of the parent grant and will expand and foster the skills of the candidate.
    • The plan should be tailored to the candidate's training level and biomedical career aspirations. The research experience should focus on developing the candidate’s technical (e.g., appropriate methods, technologies, and quantitative/computational approaches), operational (e.g., independent knowledge acquisition, rigorous experimental design, and interpretation of data), and professional (e.g., management, leadership, communication, and teamwork) skills. Examples of activities that promote the candidate’s career advancement include the opportunity to present and, if appropriate, publish research findings and to interact with members of the academic unit in a structured setting (e.g., at departmental seminars and workshops, journal clubs, lab meetings, retreats, etc.).
    • It should be clear from the application how the supplement will impact and add value to the candidate’s career development experiences. Association with an existing structured summer program at the institution and past success of the PD/PI in hosting summer undergraduates would be positive features. Inclusion of students who otherwise would not have access to research experiences is encouraged
  • Biographical Sketches
    • The personal statement in the PD/PI’s biosketch should describe a commitment to mentoring students and early stage investigators and promoting inclusive and supportive scientific research environments.
    • The personal statement in the candidate’s biosketch should include information about the candidate's motivation to enter and/or remain in biomedical research, and their short-term and long-term career goals.


Please direct inquiries to the NIGMS Program Officer assigned to the parent grant of the supplement request.