Investing in Discovery
An Overview of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences
The Dance of Life
RIGHT NOW, BILLIONS OF MOLECULES are coiling, oozing or vibrating throughout your body, all part of the carefully choreographed dance of life.
Understanding those molecules, along with the cells and systems in which they function, is the mission of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
NIGMS uses the vast majority of its nearly $2.4 billion annual budget to support the research of thousands of scientists across the country who seek to understand the basics of how life works.
Knowledge gained from these investigations lays the foundation for new ways to predict, prevent, diagnose and treat disease.
The NIGMS investment also benefits local economies, fuels biotechnology and other industries, and helps the U.S. maintain its global competitiveness.
The Institute funds a broad spectrum of research, handled administratively by the divisions and center described in this brochure.
More information about NIGMS research funding opportunities is available at http://www.nigms.nih.gov/research.