Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00)

Notice Number: NOT-GM-19-020

Key Dates

Release Date:March 04, 2019
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement: September 05, 2019
First Estimated Application Due Date: February 12, 2020
Earliest Estimated Award Date: December 01, 2020
Earliest Estimated Start Date: December 01, 2020

Related Announcements
NOT-GM-19-019

Issued by
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Purpose

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences intends to publish “Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) – Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00 – Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed).”

The MOSAIC K99/R00 program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds (see NIH’s Interest in Diversity) from their mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions. Since its inception, over 90% of NIGMS grantees supported by K99/R00 awards have transitioned to independent faculty positions.

The MOSAIC K99/R00 program will provide independent NIH research support during this transition to help awardees launch competitive, independent research careers. Additionally, MOSAIC K99/R00 scholars will be part of organized scientific cohorts that will participate in mentoring, networking, and professional development activities coordinated by MOSAIC institutionally-focused research education awardees (UE5).

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful mentoring teams and responsive projects.

The FOA is expected to be published in September 2019 with an expected application due date in February 2020 (standard receipt dates thereafter). 

This FOA will utilize the K99/R00 activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

The program is designed to facilitate the transition of talented postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds, for example individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce at the faculty level (see NIH's Interest in Diversity), into independent faculty careers at research-intensive institutions. This will be part of NIGMS’ efforts to enhance diversity within the academic biomedical research workforce focused on the postdoctoral to faculty transition. The program consists of both a research education cooperative agreement (NOT-GM-19-019) and a K99/R00 program to enhance diversity (see below).

The MOSAIC K99/R00 award is intended for US citizens and permanent residents from diverse backgrounds conducting research in areas within the NIGMS mission, and who require at least 12 months of mentored research training and career development (K99 phase) before transitioning to the independent research (R00) phase of the program. Postdoctoral scientists applying for MOSAIC K99/R00 awards are expected to have a demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity, and the creation of a supportive and inclusive environment within the biomedical research enterprise. 

Postdoctoral scientists conducting research in all areas of the NIGMS mission (e.g., biological chemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, cellular and molecular biology, computational biosciences, developmental biology, genetics, pharmacology, physiology, and technology development) are encouraged to apply for this career development grant program.  MOSAIC K99/R00 scholars will be expected to participate in mentoring, networking, and professional development activities coordinated by the institutionally-focused research education awardees (MOSAIC UE5).

Funding Information

Estimated Total Funding $2,430,000
Expected Number of Awards 15 new awards annually
Estimated Award Ceiling $249,000
Primary CFDA Numbers 93.859

Anticipated Eligible Organizations

Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Private Institution of Higher Education
Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Nonprofit without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Small Business
For-Profit Organization (Other than Small Business)
State Government
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized)
County governments
City or township governments
Special district governments
Independent school districts
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization (Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
U.S. Territory or Possession
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized)
Regional Organization

Applications are not being solicited at this time.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Alison Gammie, Ph.D.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
balison.gammie@nih.gov

Michael Sesma, Ph.D.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
msesma@mail.nih.gov

Kenneth Gibbs, Ph.D.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
kenneth.gibbs@nih.gov