As part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) allocates 80% of its budget to 3,000 universities and research institutions nationwide.

The NIH goal is to “strengthen our nation’s research capacity, broaden our research base, and inspire a passion for science in current and future generations of researchers”.

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The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) supports research that focuses on life processes and disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

NIGMS-funded researchers seek to answer important scientific questions in cell biology, biophysicsgenetics, developmental biologypharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, biomedical technology, bioinformatics, computational biology, selected aspects of the behavioral sciences and specific cross-cutting clinical areas that affect multiple organ systems.

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