NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1)

This is a limited submission program.

Number of applicants: 1

Internal submission deadline: Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 5pm

See Internal Submission Guidelines for more details.


Limited submission program-only one application is permitted. Therefore a university-wide internal selection process is required. This is to determine the applicant to represent Stanford for the January 25, 2020 deadline.

To support highly integrated research teams of three to six PD/PIs to address ambitious and challenging research questions that are important for the mission of NIGMS and are beyond the scope of one or two investigators. Teams are encouraged to consider far-reaching objectives that will produce major advances in their fields.


Internal deadline: Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 5pm
For applicant selected:
Internal deadline (RPM/RMG or CGO/OSR): January 18, 2019
Application receipt deadline: January 25, 2019

 Program Guidelines

 Amount of Funding

While applications may request research program budgets of up to $1.5 million direct costs per year, it is anticipated that most awards will be between $700,000-$900,000 direct costs. Term: up to 5 years In addition to the research program budget, an additional $250,000 direct costs per year may be requested for optional exploratory pilot studies for ESIs (Early Stage Investigators). 


Independent investigators- Stanford faculty with PI eligibility and CE faculty (with an approved CE faculty PI waiver).

Not eligible: Instructors, Clinical Instructors, Academic staff-researchers (i.e., basic scientists, research associates) are not eligible because Stanford does not consider them to be independent or faculty-level positions.

 Purpose and Award Details

Many research questions in biomedical science can be pursued by single investigators and their close collaborators and are adequately supported by individual and multiple PD/PI research grants. However, the scope of some scientific problems is beyond the capabilities of a small group of investigators. Such complex and challenging research questions benefit from the integrated efforts of teams of research laboratories employing complementary approaches and having diverse areas of intellectual and technical expertise, and the necessary resources to accomplish a unified scientific goal. Such team-based efforts can produce convergent, lasting scientific benefits with high impact, such as the creation of new disciplines of study, resolution of long standing or intractable problems, or definition of new areas that challenge current paradigms.
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages Collaborative Program Grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to conduct research to address complex and challenging biomedical problems, important for the mission of NIGMS, through deeply integrated, multidisciplinary research teams. The Collaborative Program Grant is designed to support research in which funding a team of interdependent investigators offers significant advantages over support of individual research project grants. Applications should address critical issues and be sufficiently challenging, ambitious, and innovative that objectives could not be achieved by individual investigators.

 Internal Submission Guidelines

ByTuesday, November 26, 2019, 5pm, please submit one PDF file containing the following, in the order listed below, to:

Chelsey R. Perry
Funding Opportunities Manager
Research Management Group

File name: Last name_NIGMS_RM1.pdf

1) Title page
NIH NIGMS Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (PAR-17-340)
PD/PI names, titles, departments, phone and email addresses
Title of project

2) Research Project Summary (4 pages) Formatting: single-spaced, one-sided, 1/2 inch margin, Arial or Helvetica size 11 font or larger. Illustrations, figures, and references are not included in the page total.

3) PD/PI biosketch

Selection Process
Your proposals will be reviewed by Dr. Ruth O’hara and an ad hoc review committee.


Institutional representative: not applicable. You do not need to send your internal proposal to your RPM/RMG or your CGO/OSR for institutional review and approval. You may submit it directly to Chelsey Perry.  For inquiries regarding the internal selection process, please contact:

Chelsey R. Perry
Funding Opportunities Manager
Research Management Group