Internal Competition Completed

Principal Investigators Selected
  • Memoona Hasnain is authorized to submit, Department of Family Medicine

Program Summary

Program Summary

The over-arching goals of the NIH R25 program are to: (1) complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs; (2) enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce; (3) help recruit individuals with specific specialty or disciplinary backgrounds to research careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences; and (4) foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications.


The over-arching goal of this  NIGMS  R25 program is to support educational activities that    enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.       To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:


  • Courses for Skills Development: For example, advanced courses in a specific discipline or research area, clinical procedures for research, or specialized research techniques.   
  • Research Experiences: For example, for undergraduate students: to provide hands-on exposure to research, to reinforce their intent to graduate with a cutting-edge science degree, and/or to prepare them for graduate school admissions and/or careers in research; for graduate students: to provide cutting-edge modern research experiences and related training and mentoring not available through formal NIH training mechanisms.  An integral part of the program will be to engage in unique, targeted recruitment of individuals from currently underrepresented groups in the biomedical sciences research enterprise to ensure a diverse student cohort.         

Applicant institutions must conduct an institutional self-assessment of their research environment and student outcomes to inform the design of their proposed IMSD program, to include:

  • Demographics of students enrolled in biomedical science departments.
  • Number of students that complete the baccalaureate and/or Ph.D. degree, as applicable.
  • Challenges/impediments that the students encounter in completing the baccalaureate and/or Ph.D. degree, as applicable. 


IMSD programs are encouraged to develop a partnership with NIH-funded T32 training program(s) ( at the applicant institution or another institution in order to facilitate the networking and transition of IMSD students to T32 training programs, as well as to identify the institutional impact of the program. Program directors are expected to characterize intended and actualized improvements to research education experiences for the general student population that originate in or are inspired by the implementation of the IMSD program.

Application Limits

Application Limits

University is limited to one proposal.

Additional Information


UIC Letter of Intent
May 5, 2017
UIC Internal Competition
Sponsor Letter of Intent
Sponsor Application
January 26, 2018

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent (LOI) Form


Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.


Please contact Natalia Glubisz at or 312-996-8348 with any questions.


If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact for further information.