NIH Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (T32) Solicitation

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary 

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.

Funded programs are expected to provide activities that will build a strong cohort of research-oriented individuals while enhancing the science identity, self-efficacy, and a sense of belonging among the cohort members. Programmatic activities include, but are not limited to, providing authentic research experiences, academic enhancements, skills development, and additional mentoring - activities proven to increase persistence in STEM fields. NIGMS intends to fund applications that propose feasible academic and research focused training programs that will enhance diversity in the biomedical workforce. Applicants are expected to identify training objectives (i.e., specific, measurable, and obtainable outcomes the program intends to achieve) and to develop plans to implement evidence-based training and mentoring activities that are grounded in the literature and from evaluations of existing relevant programs. Program objectives must align with the overarching goal of the IMSD diversity enhancing program. Funded programs are expected to provide evidence of accomplishing the training objectives in progress reports and upon renewal, to make training and career outcomes publicly available, and are strongly encouraged to disseminate successful training practices to the broader community. Institutional commitment and support for the proposed training program are important elements of the application.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST December 13, 2018

Sponsor Application Deadline: 5:00pm MST February 22, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Training Program Plan (2-3 pages): Please include the following elements: rationale (including current institutional efforts and how IMSD funding will enhance, not duplicate, these efforts), mission (broad statement of purpose), objectives (specific measurable outcomes, e.g. completion rates, time-to-degree), and overall training plan (program activities (e.g. courses, research experiences, etc.), how activities will develop technical, operational, professional skills of trainees, how the program will contribute to trainee career development and biomedical workforce).
  • Project Team and Management Plan (2-3 pages): Please include the following: planned strategy and administrative structure to oversee and monitor program, description of institutional and departmental commitment to the program, and identify the program director(s) / principal investigator(s) of the program as well as the appropriateness of their research background for the proposed training program.
  • PI CV
  • Budget Overview (1-2 pages): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit:


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).

The PD(s)/PI(s) must have a regular full-time appointment (i.e., not adjunct, part-time, retired, or emeritus) at the applicant institution. The selected faculty should be active researchers in the biomedical sciences as demonstrated by recent publications and research support. When building a training team, programs should include faculty who are committed to training, mentoring, and providing supportive and inclusive research environments. Programs are encouraged to build a diverse team of preceptors/mentors that includes, for example, faculty from underrepresented groups (NIH's Interest in Diversity), women, and faculty at different career stages (i.e., junior as well as senior faculty).

Limited Submission Guidelines

Applicant organizations may submit only one application.

Award Information

Award Amount: Application budgets must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Please see the solicitation for specific guidance about eligible expenses. Indirect costs are reimbursed at 8% of modified total direct costs.

Award Duration: 5 years