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NIGMS Fast Facts

What is NIGMS?

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIGMS supports basic research and training nationwide, increasing our understanding of life processes and laying the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. More information about NIGMS and its mission is available in the NIGMS Overview.

Where is NIGMS located?

NIGMS is located on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, in the suburban Washington, DC, area. NIGMS staff work in the William H. Natcher Building (Building 45). Find directions and maps.


$2.4 billion
(FY 2012)

NIGMS-funded research grants 
(FY 2012)

NIGMS-supported trainees
(FY 2012)

Year established

NIGMS-supported Nobel Prizes
38 in physiology or medicine
37 in chemistry


What is the NIGMS budget?

In Fiscal Year 2012, the NIGMS budget was $2.4 billion.

How many grants does NIGMS fund?

At any given time, NIGMS supports nearly 4,700 research grants—approximately 11 percent of the grants funded by NIH as a whole. NIGMS also supports approximately 26 percent of the trainees who receive assistance from NIH.

Who leads NIGMS?

The NIGMS acting director is Judith H. Greenberg, Ph.D. Visit the Director's Corner for biographical information.

What is the organizational structure of NIGMS?

NIGMS is organized into divisions that support research and research training in a range of scientific fields. The divisions are:

Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology
Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics
Division of Extramural Activities
Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology
Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry
Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity

How can I contact NIGMS staff with questions about grants and funding?

Contact NIGMS scientific staff by name or by research area.

Where can I find free educational resources about science and health research supported by NIGMS?

NIGMS produces a number of educational publications about biomedical science and basic research. Browse our free educational resources.

I am a member of the media. How do I arrange an interview with an NIGMS scientist?

Find media contacts by research area or call 301-496-7301 to schedule an interview.

How can I contact NIGMS with general questions?

You can reach the NIGMS Office of Communications and Public Liaison by e-mail at; phone: 301-496-7301; fax: 301-402-0224; or mail to 45 Center Drive MSC 6200, Room 3AN.32, Bethesda, MD 20892-6200.

This page last reviewed on November 19, 2012