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The mission of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is to support research that increases understanding of life processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. NIGMS-funded researchers seek to answer important scientific questions in fields such as cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, bioinformatics, computational biology, selected aspects of behavioral sciences, and specific cross-cutting clinical areas that affect multiple organ systems. NIGMS also provides leadership in training the next generation of scientists to assure the vitality and continued productivity of the research enterprise.

More information about NIGMS can be found under the following headings.

Learn about NIGMS, including its mission, divisions and center, major initiatives, and research and research training programs.

Fast Facts
Get answers to basic questions about NIGMS.

Director's Corner
See a biographical sketch and photo of NIGMS Director Jeremy M. Berg, Ph.D., and read his messages to the scientific community.

Strategic Planning
Read Investing in Discovery, the NIGMS strategic plan issued in January 2008 to guide its decision-making through 2012. The plan reflects input from the scientific community—both individuals and organizations—and the public.

Organizational Chart
View the NIGMS organizational chart (HTML and PDF versions) with links to descriptions of the NIGMS divisions and center, and to staff contacts by research area.

Budget & Financial Management
Access NIGMS budget statements, Congressional justifications, expenditures by mechanism, and financial management plan.

Advisory Council
Learn about the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council, including the membership roster, meeting dates, meeting minutes, and working group information.

Job Vacancies
Find current NIGMS job vacancies and links to other available NIH and HHS positions.

Visitor Information & Maps
Get directions for visiting NIGMS on the NIH campus.

This page last updated September 6, 2008