National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
This Notice is to inform the biomedical research workforce community that the NIDCR intends to reissue the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) RFA-DE-19-007, the NIDCR Mentoring Network to Support a Diverse Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research Workforce (UE5 Clinical Trial not allowed). When reissued, the NOFO is expected to use the UE5 cooperative agreement activity code and accept new and renewal applications. Modifications to this NOFO may include a title change and clarification of eligible mentees.
This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.
The NOFO is expected to be published in Winter 2023/2024 with an expected application due date in Spring, 2024.
This NOFO is intended to facilitate and provide opportunities for structured interactions among investigators (mentors), who are committed to mentoring postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty (mentees) who are from diverse backgrounds, including individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences to enhance the mentees grants writing skills, professional development, and successful pursuit of dental, oral, and craniofacial (DOC) research careers. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the NIDCR recognizes the need to diversify the scientific workforce by enhancing the participation of individuals from groups identified as underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences (collectively termed "biomedical") research. Individuals from all backgrounds deserve equitable opportunities to engage in the biomedical research enterprise to pursue their scientific interests and further their careers. Diversity at all levels — from the kinds of science to the organizations and regions where the research is conducted, and the backgrounds of the people conducting it — is integral to scientific excellence and strengthens the research enterprise. Research shows that diverse teams working together and capitalizing on innovative ideas and distinct perspectives outperform homogeneous teams, (see NOT-OD-20-031).
Given the need to build and sustain a dental, oral, and craniofacial biomedical workforce, the NIDCR Mentoring Network to Support a Diverse Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research Workforce funding opportunity is being continued with its focus on individuals transitioning from postdoctoral to their first independent scientific position, e.g., tenure track, and preparing for their first independent NIH research grant or equivalent peer reviewed research grant or award. The NIDCR Mentoring Network(s) will complement and leverage existing career development programs by engaging cohorts of individuals at this career transition point. In addition, NIDCR Mentoring Network(s) are expected to lead to a nationwide network of DOC research mentors and participants that can augment individual research training and career development experiences.
Anticipated Characteristics of an NIDCR Mentoring Network:
Applications are not being solicited at this time.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Anissa J. Brown, Ph.D.
National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)