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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.

"The most important advances in medicine during the 20th century ... have one thing in common: They were all discoveries made in the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake."
—NOBEL LAUREATE
ROGER KORNBERG

NIGMS uses the vast majority of its $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 described in this brochure.

More information about NIGMS research funding opportunities is available at http://www.nigms.nih.gov/research.

This page last reviewed on September 18, 2012