IMERS Announcements


The National Institute of General Medical Sciences issued a notice of early expiration for each of the Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) programs.  January 2021 marked the final submission cycle for this mechanism.  The SCORE program will be replaced by a new inititive from NIGMS called Support of Research Excellence (SuRE).  Notice of Intent to Publish documents for SuRE, SuRE First, and a SuRE Resource Center are currently available.  Funding opportunity announcements for the SuRE funding mechanisms are expected to be published in early Spring 2021 with an expected application due date in early Fall 2021.  Much like SCORE, SuRE is a research capacity building program designed to develop and sustain research excellence in higher education institutions that receive limited NIH research support and serve students who are underrepresented in biomedical research.  The IMERS team will provide additional details via our ListServe communications and during our workshop events, as those details become available.

The Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) K99/R00 and UE5 mechanism is a component of the NIH's efforts to enhance diversity within the academic biomedical research workforce.  Promising postdoctoral researchers from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply to this funding opportunity.  Awards are designed to support transition into independent faculty careers at research-intensive institutions.
Given the priority of this initiative, NIGMS will be offering an informational ZOOM webinar on preparing applications ahead of the next submission deadline, October 12, 20200.
For more information about the MOSAIC UE5 and K99/R00 Programs, please read the FOA (UE5 - PAR-19-342; K99/R00 - PAR-19-343) and contact Dr. Kenneth Gibbs.

Picture of Dr. Upal RoyCongratulations to Upal Roy, PhD of University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley on receiving an R01, A Targeted Anti-HIV Drug Delivery to the Gut-Associated Lymphoid Tissue (GALT).  Learn more about this award here.
Dr. Roy's contact information is available on the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley's Department of Health & Biomedical Sciences webpage.

Image of Dr. RungkitwattanakulCongratulations to Jesse Rungkitwattanakul, PharmD of Howard University on receiving a Rapid Response Research Award titled Characterists and outcomes of HIV-infected patients with COVID-19.  Learn more about this award here.
Dr. Rungkitwattanakul's contact information is available on his Howard University, College of Pharmacy faculty profile.

Congratulations to Isar Godreau, PhD of the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey on receiving a U01 titled The University of Puerto Rico at Cayey METAS+: Maintaining, Engaging, and Tracking Alumni in Science and Health Research.  Learn more about this award here.
Dr. Godreau's contact information is available on her University of Puerto Rico, Resource Center for Science and Engineering profile page.

Image of Dr. PearsonCongratulations to IMERS faculty mentor Kevin Pearson, PhD for being named the faculty recipient of the Inclusive Excellence Recognition award presented by the University of Kentucky Office for Institutional Diversity.

An article highlighting Dr. Pearson's success can be found here.