Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (R25)

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The purpose of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program is to develop the pool of a diverse group of highly trained undergraduate and graduate students who go on to research careers and will be available to participate in NIH-funded research. The program provides institutional grants to research-intensive institutions that propose well-integrated developmental activities designed to increase students' academic preparation and skills that are critical to the completion of the Ph.D. degree in biomedical and behavioral sciences.

This is a limited submission program. The University may submit only one application.

Interested faculty at the River Campus should submit a letter of intent with a brief statement of the proposed project and an approximate budget to the Deans via Debra Haring ( or Cindy Gary (

Interested faculty at the Med Center will need to submit Dean Puzas via Catherine Muzytchuk ( using the phrase “Maximizing Student Development” in the subject field.

The deadline for submissions to the Deans is February 3. Deans will forward their ranked nominations to Associate Provost Jason Adsit in by February 11. Final decision will be announced February 15 for the nomination that will go forward to NIH.

The complete program solicitation can be found at Full proposals are due March 14. It is important to remember that ORPA must receive electronic proposals five (5) business days prior to the sponsor’s deadline along with a completed and signed University Sign-off form.


NIH Funding Acknowledgement ** Important ** All publications resulting from the utilization of CTSI resources are required to credit the CTSI grant by including the NIH FUNDING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.