Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Program Priority Areas for MOSAIC UE5 - November 2023 Application Due Date
Notice Number:
NOT-GM-23-004

Key Dates

Release Date:

June 16, 2023

First Available Due Date:
November 15, 2023
Expiration Date:
November 16, 2023

Related Announcements

  • August 17, 2021 - Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Institutionally-Focused Research Education Award to Promote Diversity (UE5 Clinical Trial Not Allowed). See NOFO PAR-21-277.

Issued by

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Purpose

The purpose of this Notice is to inform applicants of the scientific areas of programmatic need for the November 15, 2023 application due date for PAR-21-277 "Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Institutionally-Focused Research Education Award to Promote Diversity (UE5 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)".

Background

Research shows that diverse teams working together and capitalizing on innovative ideas and distinct perspectives outperform homogenous teams. Scientists and trainees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences bring different perspectives, creativity, and individual enterprise to address complex scientific problems. There are many benefits that flow from a diverse NIH-supported scientific workforce, including: fostering scientific innovation, enhancing global competitiveness, contributing to robust learning environments, improving the quality of the research, advancing the likelihood that underserved or health disparity populations participate in, and benefit from health research, and enhancing public trust. The Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) program is part of NIH’s efforts to enhance diversity within the academic biomedical research workforce, and is designed to facilitate the transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds, including for example individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce at the faculty level, into independent, tenure-track or equivalent, research-intensive faculty careers. The program has two components: an institutionally-focused research education cooperative agreement (UE5) and an individual postdoctoral career transition award (K99/R00) to enhance diversity.  The MOSAIC UE5 program provides support to organizations such as scientific societies or academic institutions to provide mentoring, networking, career development and skills building activities for cohorts of postdoctoral and early-career faculty scholars supported by MOSAIC K99/R00 awards at institutions across the Nation to help them transition into, succeed, and advance in independent, tenure-track or equivalent research-intensive faculty positions.

The MOSAIC UE5 program supports scholars funded through the following NOFOs:

  • PAR-21-271 - Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00 - Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • PAR-21-272 - Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00 - Independent Clinical Trial Required)
  • PAR-21-273 - Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00 - Independent Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required (BESH)

Scientific Areas of Programmatic Need

As of June 2023, seventeen NIH Institutes have funded awards supporting over 85 scholars who conduct research in a wide variety of disciplines through the MOSAIC K99/R00 program (for more information, see NIH RePORTER and MOSAIC Scholars Directory).  Applicants must be able to provide well-designed and appropriate mentoring, skills building, networking and professional development in one or more of the following scientific areas of program priority:

  • Neuroscience related to basic, clinical and translational research, mental health and addiction.
  • Basic, clinical and translational physiology and pathophysiology of multiple human organ systems.
  • Population health studies, including health promotion, minority health and health disparities. 

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss the  responsiveness of their application with the contact listed below prior to preparing an application. Funding decisions will be made consistent with applicable law. 

Application and Submission Information

This Notice applies to the November 15, 2023 application due date of the following NOFO:

  • PAR-21-277- Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Institutionally-Focused Research Education Award to Promote Diversity (UE5 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and the funding opportunity announcement used for submission must be followed, with the following additions:

  • For funding consideration, applicants must include “NOT-GM-23-004” (without quotation marks) in the Agency Routing Identifier field (box 4B) of the SF424 R&R form. 

Applications nonresponsive to terms of this NOSI will be withdrawn from consideration for this initiative.

Inquiries

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