Interagency Modeling and Analysis Group (IMAG)

The purpose of the 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 the 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 100 program staff from multiple 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 Multiscale Modeling (MSM) Consortium

In 2003, the 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, the 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 100 projects relevant to multiscale modeling.

View all MSM Consortium Activities on the IMAG wiki.

Come to Washington, D.C., for the return to our in-person IMAG Multiscale Modeling Consortium (MSM) meeting! Follow the link to deadlines for travel awards, poster abstracts, and online registration!


Funding Opportunities Decorative

Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)

Simulation Modeling and Systems Science to Address Health Disparities
Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) Incubator Program for New Cancer Sites (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Enabling Technologies to Accelerate Development of Oral Biodevices (R41/R42 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Enabling Technologies to Accelerate Development of Oral Biodevices (R43/R44 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Advancing Imaging, Device Production, and Clinical Capabilities in Digital Dentistry (R41/R42 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Advancing Imaging, Device Production, and Clinical Capabilities in Digital Dentistry (R43/R44 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Medical Simulators for Practicing Patient Care Providers Skill Acquisition, Outcomes Assessment and Technology Development (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences (DMS/NIGMS)

Our wiki page contains information relevant to the IMAG (Interagency Modeling and Analysis Group) and the MSM (Multi-scale Modeling Consortium) To join contact Dr. Grace Peng.

All researchers are welcome to join individual Multiscale Modeling Consortium Working Groups by contacting the Working Group Leads listed on each group page.

NIBIB Director Dr. Bruce Tromberg Touts Computational Modeling at IMAG Meeting. 

man looking at data models on computer screen

NIBIB Supported Projects

Models to predict protein biomaterial performance 
David Kaplan, Tufts University Medford

Multiscale Modeling of Wound Healing
Jason Haugh, North Carolina State University Raleigh

Microconnectomics of neocortex: a multiscale computer model 
William Lytton, Suny Downstate Medical Center

Predictive Multiscale Modeling of Microbial Consortia Biofilms
Ross Carlson, Montana State University - Bozeman

Multiscale Modeling of Facet Capsule Mechanobiology
Victor Barocas, University of Minnesota

See our photogallery from the 2019 IMAG meeting

See our photogallery from the 2017 IMAG meeting

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NIBIB's Grace Peng provides an overview of the new NIH Bridge2AI program in an interview with Mimi Geerges. Source: Government Matters

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Come to Washington, D.C., for the return to our in-person IMAG Multiscale Modeling Consortium (MSM) meeting!
June 28, 2023 - June 29, 2023
The Interagency Modeling and Analysis Group (IMAG) organizes this consortium meeting annually to discuss important and focused issues concerning multiscale modeling (MSM) with the goals: to stimulate new Consortium activity and create a collaborative discussion environment for all participants of the MSM Consortium as well as non-MSM attendees from the research community. In this 2-day meeting, the first day would focus on “Evolution and Success of the IMAG/MSM,” what IMAG/MSM has accomplished in its 20-year history and what lessons can be gleaned from them, and would also feature an Early-career Investigator Forum. The second day would focus on “The Future of Multi-Scale Modeling,” including how to increase justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI), synergize with other major initiatives, and how to grow the field of MSM in general. Early-career investigators will be an important aspect of both days as they will serve as bridges between the past, present, and future. The meeting will feature multiple speakers, including original awardees of the Consortium, and include scientific sessions, panel discussions, and small working group activities to grow and enhance the community of multiscale modelers.
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Featuring Hari Shroff, PhD, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, NIH, who will discuss "Multiscale Biological Imaging at High Spatiotemporal Resolution"

March 17, 2020 - March 17, 2020
13th Multiscale Modeling Consortium Meeting: Amplifying Impact by Nurturing Diversity 2020