Early Notice: Concept Clearance for the Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Program (UE5 and K99/R00) to Promote Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce

At the recent NIGMS Advisory Council meeting, the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity received approval to write two new funding opportunity announcements as part of our efforts to enhance postdoctoral career transitions to promote faculty diversity in the biomedical research workforce.

Concept Clearance MOSAIC Presentation.Watch the MOSAIC presentation at the January Advisory Council meeting.

The Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) program is designed to facilitate the transition of talented postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds into independent faculty careers in research-intensive institutions. The program has two components: an institutionally-focused research education cooperative agreement (UE5) and postdoctoral career transition award (K99/R00) to enhance diversity.

MOSAIC Institutionally-Focused Research Education Cooperative Agreement (UE5)

This program will support awards to independent organizations (e.g., scientific societies) with a membership of scientists conducting research within the NIGMS mission, an established record of providing professional development and networking activities for the next generation of biomedical researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to enhancing the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.

This program will allow these organizations to:

  • Assemble cohorts of MOSAIC K99/R00 fellows based on scientific areas;
  • Facilitate the establishment of strengths-based individual development plans for MOSAIC fellows, and provide mentoring and skills development courses to promote their successful transition to independent faculty positions at research-intensive institutions;
  • Enhance the scientific and professional networks of MOSAIC fellows beyond their local institutions; and
  • Convene regular meetings with appropriate leaders at the institutions where MOSAIC fellows conduct research to exchange ideas and employ evidence-based approaches to promote diversity.

FOA announcement anticipated: Spring 2019
First application deadline anticipated: September 2019
Earliest start date anticipated: Fall 2020

MOSAIC Postdoctoral Career Transition Award (K99/R00) to Promote Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce

This program will support postdoctoral scientists from diverse backgrounds (e.g., underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, scientists with disabilities, women, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and other groups as described in the NIH Notice of Interest in Diversity) conducting research in areas within the NIGMS mission. It will provide awardees with at least 12 months of mentored research training and career development (K99 phase) before they transition to the independent research (R00 phase) of the program. Applicants are expected to have a demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity and promoting a supportive and inclusive environment within the biomedical research enterprise. During both the K99 and R00 award phases, fellows will participate in mentoring, networking, and professional development activities coordinated by the institutionally-focused research education cooperative agreements to promote diversity (MOSAIC UE5) described above.

FOA announcement anticipated: Fall 2019
First application deadline anticipated: February 2020
Earliest start date anticipated: December 2020

We encourage the community to watch the presentation at our Council meeting.


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