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Internal structure of the platelet cytoskeleton and formation of the filopodia upon activation
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Interagency Modeling and Analysis Group (IMAG)

In April 2003, the Interagency Modeling and Analysis Group (IMAG) was formed; starting from a working group comprised of program staff from nine Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and three directorates of the National Science Foundation (NSF). IMAG now represents over 50 program staff from 10 government agencies in the United States and Canada.

Since its creation, this group has convened monthly through virtual meetings and at various locations of the IMAG participants. All IMAG participants are involved in managing research programs in biomedical, biological and behavioral systems that require the development of new and novel modeling and analysis methods.

The purpose of IMAG is to provide an open forum for communication among government representatives to share updates on individual programs from the various IMAG agencies, and to plan trans-agency activities that will have a broad impact on the communities served by IMAG.

Government program officers interested in joining IMAG should contact Dr. Grace Peng.

The Multiscale Modeling (MSM) Consortium

In 2003, IMAG recognized that the modeling community was on the forefront of thinking across the biological continuum, rather than just focusing at one scale or level of resolution. In addition, IMAG identified a strong desire among modelers to form multi-disciplinary partnerships across varied research communities. This led to the development in 2004 of the Interagency Opportunities in Multiscale Modeling in Biomedical, Biological, and Behavioral Systems Solicitation. The 24 awardees from this solicitation subsequently formed the MultiScale Modeling (MSM) Consortium in 2006. The MSM Consortium has now grown to include over 75 projects relevant to multiscale modeling.

  • Current IMAG Funding Opportunities

Since 2006, the MSM Consortium has met annually as well as during the year on-line and through virtual meetings. The MSM Consortium provides opportunities to:

  • network with other MSM investigators, MSM participants, and projects;
  • easily converse with program officers from ten government agencies and IMAG participants from the U.S. and Canada;
  • participate in focused Working Group discussions on the wiki;
  • participate in virtual scientific presentations by all Working Groups throughout the year;
  • participate in annual meetings of the MSM Consortium and IMAG/MSM events;
  • learn about the latest modeling and MSM-related activities from around the world; and
  • access various resources for modeling.

All activities of the MSM Consortium are live on the IMAG wiki. Researchers interested in joining the MSM Consortium should visit: MSM Consortium FAQs.

All researchers are welcome to join individual MSM Consortium Working Groups by contacting the Working Group Leads listed at: Multiscale Modeling Working Groups.

IMAG Agencies

NIH LogoNational Institutes of Health (NIH)

http://www.nih.govExternal link, opens in new window(Funding Opportunities)

  • Center for Scientific Review
  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Center for Research Resources
  • National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
  • National Human Genome Research Institute
  • National Institute on Aging
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • National Institute of General Medical Sciences
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  • National Library of Medicine

NSF LogoNational Science Foundation (NSF) link, opens in new window (Funding Opportunities)

  • Directorate for Biological Sciences
  • Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • Directorate for Engineering
  • Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences

NASANational Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) link, opens in new window (Funding Opportunities)

  • Human Research Program

DOE LogoDepartment of Energy (DOE) link, opens in new window (Funding Opportunities)

  • Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research
  • Office of Biological and Environmental Research

DOD LogoDepartment of Defense (DOD) link, opens in new window (Funding Opportunities)

  • U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
  • U.S. Army
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • Office of Naval Research
  • Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center

USDA Logo United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) link, opens in new window (Funding Opportunities)

USDVA Logo United States Department of Veteran Affairs (USDVA) link, opens in new window (Funding Opportunities)

FDA LogoUnited States Food and Drug Administration link, opens in new window (Funding Opportunities)

MITACS Logo Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (Canada) link, opens in new window (Funding Opportunities)


For more information, contact:

Grace C.Y. Peng, PhD
IMAG Chair
6707 Democracy Blvd, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20892
301-451-4778 (Phone)
301-480-1614 (Fax)

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Last Updated On 09/19/2012