Notice of Intent to Publish a Request for Applications for Seeding National Mentoring Networks to Enhance Diversity of the Mental Health Research Workforce (U24)

Notice Number: NOT-MH-10-002

Key Dates
Release Date: October 7, 2009

Issued by
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), (


The purpose of this Notice is to announce NIMH’s intent to issue a Request for Applications (RFA) to solicit applications that propose to conceptualize, plan and pilot an innovative prototype of a national infrastructure to mentor individuals from diverse backgrounds (individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds) who are conducting research relevant to the mission of the NIMH. It is expected that the resulting infrastructure will be capable of sustaining an effective and vibrant national mentoring network. Each mentoring network will be expected to have a focused scientific theme that is highly germane to the mission and strategic priorities of the NIMH including the Center for Mental Health Research on AIDS. The NIMH expects that each mentoring network will recruit outstanding researchers as mentors for individuals (protégés) at various career stages beginning no earlier in the career path than the post-baccalaureate level.  The networks are envisioned to enhance the professional development of the participating individuals, sustain their career trajectory through research independence, and lead to scientific advances that will help transform the understanding and treatment of mental illness and HIV/AIDS.

The RFA is expected to be published in the fall of 2009 with an expected receipt date in late January, 2010.  This RFA will utilize the U24 activity code. 

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.  This Notice encourages investigators with expertise in mentorship and mental health-related research to begin to consider applying for this RFA.  Collaborative applications between academic and other institutions (e.g., public-private partnerships) combining expertise in mentorship and mental health-related research are encouraged, and these investigators should also begin considering applying for this application.


Interested parties may contact:

Nancy L Desmond, Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 7197, MSC 9645
Bethesda, MD 20892-9645
Telephone: (301) 443-3107
FAX: (301) 443-1731

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