Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About the NIH MOSAIC Program

Applicants interested in the MOSAIC K99/R00 Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote diversity are encouraged to email the relevant Scientific/Research Contact with a specific aims page and biosketch to assess appropriateness of the proposal.

Answers to Questions Cover the Following Topics:

MOSAIC Program Description

What is the MOSAIC Program?

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, for example individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce at the faculty level, into independent faculty careers in research-intensive institutions.

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 objective of the MOSAIC Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00) is to enhance workforce diversity by facilitating a timely transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds (e.g., see Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity) from their mentored, postdoctoral research positions (K99 phase) to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions (R00 phase) at research-intensive institutions.

MOSAIC K99/R00 Eligibility Information

Am I eligible to apply for MOSAIC?

Anyone who meets the eligibility criteria specified in the FOA can apply. Program priority is to address documented underrepresentation at the faculty level (e.g., see NIH’s Notice of Interest in Diversity).

Are individuals who are not US Citizens or Permanent Residents eligible for support through the MOSAIC K99/R00 program?

No. One difference from the Parent K99/R00 Announcement is that MOSAIC awards are limited to US citizens and permanent residents. From the FOA: “By the time of award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551, or other legal verification of such status).”

When does the clock start for the 4-year limit?

Generally, the 4-year period begins when an applicant has completed all requirements to satisfy their doctoral degree (e.g., completed their dissertation defense).

I worked in my Ph.D. thesis advisor’s lab for a year as a postdoc before starting my “real” postdoc. Does this time count in the 4-year limit?

Time spent in a Ph.D. advisor’s lab as a postdoctoral researcher does count toward the 4-year limit.

I gave birth during the 4-year window. Am I eligible for an extension?

Yes. Consistent with the NIH Extension Policy for Early Stage Investigator Status (ESI), NIH will approve an extension of one year for childbirth within the 4 year K99 eligibility window. For more, see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-011.html.

Are extensions available for other events?

Parental, medical, or other well-justified leave for personal or family situations is not included in the 4-year eligibility limit, nor is clinical training with no research involvement (e.g., full-time clinical residency training). Part-time postdoctoral research training, related to personal or family situations or occurring during a research residency or fellowship, will be pro-rated accordingly. In addition, time spent conducting postgraduate clinical training that does not involve research is not considered as part of the 4-year research training eligibility limit. Only time dedicated to research activities would count toward the 4-year limit.

NIH will consider extensions of the 4-year eligibility window for life events (e.g., childbirth or adoption, military service, health-related issues, natural disasters) that impact research progress during the 4-year eligibility window. Applicants seeking an extension of the 4-year eligibility window must contact a Scientific/Research Contact at least 8 weeks before submitting the application.

What information do I need to include in my application to request an extension?

In a cover letter with the application, the investigator should include an explanation of the special circumstances of their career training that warrants consideration for an exception from the 4-year limit.

MOSAIC K99/R00 - Application/Award Information

How does the MOSAIC K99/R00 award differ from the Parent K99/R00?

Both the MOSAIC K99/R00 award and parent K99/R00 provide up to five years of support in two phases:

  • The initial (K99) phase provides support for up to 2 years of mentored postdoctoral research training and career development.
  • The second (R00) phase provides up to 3 years of independent research support, which is contingent on satisfactory progress during the K99 phase and an approved, independent, tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty position.

In addition, MOSAIC K99/R00 scholars will be part of organized scientific cohorts and will participate in mentoring, networking, and professional development activities coordinated by MOSAIC Institutionally-Focused Research Education Award to Promote Diversity (UE5) grantees.

When are applicants encouraged to apply for the MOSAIC K99/R00 award?

Per the FOA, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply no later than the third year of their postdoctoral training to ensure awardees receive maximum benefit from both the K99 phase of the award, and to facilitate a timely transition to independence.

It’s great that NIH encourages applicants to apply early. I’ve made a lot of progress my first few years of postdoc, but my postdoc paper isn’t out yet. Should I wait to apply until it’s published?

NIH encourages applicants to apply as early as possible to facilitate their career transitions. There are many ways to demonstrate productivity before a manuscript is formally published, including preprints which can be included in the biosketch section of applications (see NOT-OD-17-050 on Reporting Preprints and Other Interim Research Products).

Have the MOSAIC UE5 awards been made?

No. Applications were received in November 2019 and NIH expects to announce grantees in summer of 2020.

The MOSAIC K99/R00 application asks candidates to “Describe how the activities provided by the MOSAIC Institutionally-Focused Research Education Award (UE5) will be integrated into career development activities available at the candidate's home institution to create synergies.” How do I do this if the UE5s are not yet awarded?

NIH encourages applicants for the February and June 2020 MOSAIC K99/R00 deadlines to consult the MOSAIC UE5 funding opportunity announcement (PAR-19-342) and describe in general how the types of courses for skills development and mentoring activities will be incorporated into your career development and supplement what is available at your home institution.

How will I be assigned to a MOSAIC UE5 awardee?

In the “Candidate’s Plan for Career Development/Training Activities During Award Period” section, MOSAIC K99/R00 applicants should provide a list of up to 10 keywords regarding their scientific area as well as a prioritized list of areas of professional development to aid in matching scholars into scientific and career development cohorts. NIH staff will use this information make assignments.

Are there required attachments specific to the MOSAIC K99/R00 application that are not in the Parent K99/R00 application?

Yes. MOSAIC K99/R00 applications must include

  • Candidate eligibility statement: The application must include a signed statement from an institutional official establishing the eligibility of the candidate for support under this program. The statement must include the number of years of postdoctoral experience, and a description of how this particular candidate would further the goals of the MOSAIC Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (see the FOA and NOT-GM-19-059).
  • Diversity statement: The application must include a diversity statement from the candidate applying for the K99/R00 award (i.e., the postdoctoral fellow). The Diversity Statement should include a description of the individual’s commitment to diversity in the biomedical sciences, and any past or present leadership, mentoring and outreach activities to enhance diversity – especially involving groups underrepresented in the biomedical research enterprise (e.g., certain racial/ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, students from disadvantaged backgrounds, women, and other groups as described in the NIH Notice of Interest in Diversity). Describe planned activities during the career award to develop or enhance skills in working effectively with talented scientists from a wide variety of backgrounds and to promote inclusive and equitable scientific biomedical research environments.

Applications lacking either statement will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

How do I determine if my research is a fit for the MOSAIC Program?

Please reach out to the appropriate scientific/research contact. See other IC-specific information on the table below:

IC
IC Specific Information

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Scientific/Research Contact(s)
Email: kenneth.gibbs@nih.gov

Peer Review Contact(s)
Stephanie Constant, Ph.D.
Email: stephanie.constant@nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)
Justin Rosenzweig
Email: rosenzwj@nigms.nih.gov

NIGMS supports basic research that increases our understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. NIGMS' research mission is aimed at understanding the principles, mechanisms, and processes that underlie living systems. It also supports research in specific clinical areas that affect multiple organs, particularly those related to injury and critical illness: sepsis, trauma, burn, wound healing, anesthesiology, and clinical pharmacology. For more information, see https://www.nigms.nih.gov/about/overview/pages/default.aspx

Salary Support: Up to $60,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

Scientific/Research Contact(s)
Joan Greve, Ph.D.
Email: joan.greve@​nih.gov

Peer Review Contact(s)
Manana Sukhareva, Ph.D.
Email: sukharem@mail.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)
Monique Binger, Ph.D.
Email: monique.day@nih.gov

The mission of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is to improve human health by supporting the development of cutting-edge technologies and computational methods in Biomedical imaging and Bioengineering. NIBIB-funded innovations have broad impact and fundamentally change our ability to prevent, diagnose, and treat human disease. Under this FOA, NIBIB will fund applications with research projects that can be generalized to multiple conditions and physiological contexts and that fall under one or more of its Scientific Program Areas. For more information, see https://www.nibib.nih.gov/research-funding.

Salary Support: Up to $60,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.

For more information, see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-EB-19-020.html.

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

Scientific/Research Contact(s)
David Banks, Ph.D., MPH, RN
Email: david.banks@nih.gov

Peer Review Contact(s)
Weiqun Li, M.D.
Email: wli@mail.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)
Ron Wertz
Email: wertzr@mail.nih.gov

NINR considers career development applications only from research doctorate-prepared applicants who have a Bachelor's degree or higher in nursing. Applicants should be seeking to establish an independent research career in an area related to the mission of the NINR, which is to promote and improve the health of individuals, families, and communities. NINR will support applications from nurse scientists that fall under one or more of its Scientific Program Areas. This includes finding effective approaches to achieving and sustaining a healthy lifestyle, easing the symptoms of illness, improving quality of life for patients and caregivers, eliminating health disparities, and addressing issues at the end of life. For more information, see https://www.ninr.nih.gov/sites/files/docs/NINR_StratPlan2016_reduced.pdf [PDF].

Salary Support: Up to $50,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.

For more information, see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-NR-19-011.html.

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

Scientific/Research Contact(s)
Nathan Stinson, Jr., Ph.D., M.D.
Email: stinsonn@mail.nih.gov

Peer Review Contact(s)Thomas M. Vollberg, Sr., Ph.D.
Email: vollbert@mail.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)
Priscilla Grant, J.D.
Email: pg38h@nih.gov

NIMHD supports various mentored career development activities involving research to improve minority health and reduce health disparities, organized around three main Research Interest Areas: Clinical and Health Services Research, Community Health and Population Sciences, and Integrative Biological and Behavioral Sciences. Projects are encouraged to use approaches that encompass multiple domains of influence (e.g., biological, behavioral, socio-cultural, environmental, physical environment, health systems) and multiple levels of influence (e.g., individual, interpersonal, community, societal) to understand and address health disparities. See the NIMHD Research Framework for examples of health determinants of interest.

Salary Support: Up to $60,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.

For more information, see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-MD-20-003.html.

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Scientific/Research Contact(s)
Heather A. Colley, M.S.
Email: junkinsh@mail.nih.gov

Peer Review Contact(s)
Rudy Pozzatti, Ph.D.
Email: pozzattr@exchange.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)
Devon Bumbray-Quarles
Email: devon.bumbray-quarles@nih.gov

NHGRI will support the development of resources, approaches, and technologies that will accelerate genomic research on the structure of genomes, the biology of genomes, and the biology of disease; that will use genomics to advance the science of medicine; and that will incorporate genomics to improve the effectiveness of healthcare. NHGRI will also support genomic research in several cross-cutting areas, including the ethical, legal and societal implications of genomics and genetics research, bioinformatics, technology development, and research training and career development. NHGRI is also committed to supporting genomics research that addresses health disparities.

In general, NHGRI supports studies that provide generalizable methods and knowledge. Applications for studies relevant only to a particular disease or organ system should be directed to the appropriate Institute or Center. NHGRI strongly encourages potential applicants to contact program staff in the early stages of developing your application.

Salary Support: NHGRI will provide K99 salary support commensurate with the applicant institution's salary structure for persons of equivalent qualifications, experience, and rank.
Research Support: Up to $30,000 per year.
Travel: Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend at least one NHGRI Research Training and Career Development Annual Meeting while supported on this program. Travel costs should be requested to attend this meeting and should be included in the $5,000 annual allowable cost for travel to professional meetings.

For more information, see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HG-20-004.html.

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Scientific/Research Contact(s)
Shahrooz Vahedi, Ph.D.
Email: shahrooz.vahedi@nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)
Traci Lafferty
Email: laffertt@nia.nih.gov

NIA participates in NIH-wide programs to increase diversity in the research workforce. The goal of this FOA is to help outstanding postdoctoral researchers who are considered under-represented minority in science to transition into independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions. NIA welcomes applications in all fields of aging research, including basic science, diseases and disabling conditions of aging, the social and behavioral consequences of an aging society, and topics in between. A particular priority of NIA at the moment is research on Alzheimer's disease and Alzheimer's disease-related dementias (AD/ADRD).

Salary Support: Up to $75,000 per year plus fringe benefits toward the salary of the career award recipient for the K99 phase.

Research Support: Up to $25,000 per year.

Travel: The application may request up to $2,500 annually to defray the cost of participation in professional meetings (excluding MOSAIC associated meetings, the costs of which will be covered by the UE5 awardees).

For more information, see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AG-20-009.html.

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Scientific/Research Contact(s)
Hua-Chuan Sim, M.D.
Email: simh@mail.nih.gov

Peer Review Contact(s)
Zoe Huang, M.D.
Email: huangz@mail.nlm.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)
Samantha Tempchin
Email: tempchins@mail.nih.gov

NLM participates in NIH-wide programs to increase diversity in the research workforce. The goal of this FOA is to help outstanding postdoctoral researchers who are considered under-represented minority in science to transition into independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions. NLM supports research career development in clinical/public health informatics, translational bioinformatics, data science and consumer informatics. We define informatics as the intersection of computer, information and behavioral sciences with one or more application domains. Application domains of interest include health care delivery, basic biomedical research, clinical and translational research, public health and others. Whatever the application domain, the research career focus must be informatics or data science.

Salary Support:
Up to $50,000 per year plus fringe benefits toward the salary of the career award recipient for the K99 phase.
Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.
Travel: The application may request up to $2,500 annually to defray the cost of participation in professional meetings (excluding MOSAIC associated meetings, the costs of which will be covered by the UE5 awardees).

For more information, see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-LM-20-002.html.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Scientific/Research Contact(s)
James D. Churchill
Email: churchillj@mail.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)
Rebecca Claycamp
Email: rclaycam@mail.nih.gov

The NIMH supports a broad spectrum of basic and translational research, including basic neuroscience, human genetics, adult and developmental translational research, services and intervention research, and AIDS-related research (https://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/organization/nimh-extramural-research-programs.shtml). Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Institute career development staff before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute’s current research priorities and for guidance on the proposed research and career development plans.

Salary Support: NIMH will provide K99 salary support commensurate with the applicant institution's salary structure for persons of equivalent qualifications, experience, and rank up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $25,000 per year.

For more information, see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-MH-20-015.html.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Scientific/Research Contact(s)
Albert Avila, Ph.D.
Email: aavila@nida.nih.gov

Peer Review Contact(s)
Dharmendar Rathore, Ph.D.
Email: dharmendar.rathore@nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)
Yinka Abu
Email: aa286f@nih.gov

NIDA supports a broad portfolio of research that encompasses basic, behavioral, epidemiological, health services, prevention, and treatment development research that examines the underlying mechanisms and health effects of substance use and substance use disorders. Interested applicants should review NIDA’s strategic plan (https://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/2016-2020-nida-strategic-plan) and funding priorities (https://www.drugabuse.gov/funding) and are highly encouraged to contact program staff listed below to discuss your application prior to submission.

Salary Support: NIDA will provide K99 salary support up to $90,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $50,000 per year.

For more information, see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-DA-20-029.html.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Scientific/Research Contact(s)
Nicole Redmond, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
Email: nicole.redmond@nih.gov

Sharon M. Smith, Ph.D.
Division of Blood Diseases and Disorders
Email: NHLBI_Blood_Training@nhlbi.nih.gov

Xenia Tigno, Ph.D.
Division of Lung Diseases
Email: xenia.tigno@nih.gov

Melissa Green Parker, Ph.D.
Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science
Email: melissa.greenparker@nih.gov

Peer Review Contact(s)
Director, Office of Scientific Review
Email: NHLBIChiefReviewBranch@nhlbi.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)
Benjamin Sakovich
Email: benjamin.sakovich@nih.gov

NHLBI provides global leadership for a research, research training, and education program to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, blood, and sleep diseases and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives. The NHLBI encourages research designed to answer the breadth of scientific questions related to heart, lung, blood, and/or sleep diseases, disorders, and phenotypes. The NHLBI seeks applications that will address questions relevant to the NHLBI mission, address gaps in the NHLBI's portfolio, and should align with the NHLBI's Strategic Vision [PDF]. NHLBI's strategic priorities emphasize the continuum of research from basic molecular biology research to implementation science related to heart, lung, blood diseases and sleep disorders (e.g., hemoglobinopathies and other non-malignant blood diseases; thrombotic and hemostasis disorders; cardiovascular diseases; hypertension prevention and control; asthma; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sleep apnea; and other cardiopulmonary diseases and conditions), self-management of symptoms and disease conditions, and prevention of these diseases and disorders in various populations. The NHLBI also has significant interests in implementation science research for the prevention, control, and treatment of heart, lung, blood diseases and sleep disorders, particularly research that addresses the development of interventions or strategies that address the translation of proven effective evidence-based interventions into clinical, community, and/or other real world settings; addresses impediments to uptake, scale up, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions in various contexts; examines disparities in disease burden and ways to mitigate these disparities; and/or models possible treatment paradigms. Please refer to the NHLBI website [PDF] for more details on the research priorities of the NHLBI.

Salary Support: Up to $60,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.

For more information, see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HL-19-742.html.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Scientific/Research Contact(s)
Jenica Patterson, Ph.D.
Email: jenica.patterson@nih.gov

Peer Review Contact(s)
RV Srinivas, Ph.D.
Email: srinivar@mail.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)
Ms. Judy Fox
Email: jfox@mail.nih.gov

NIAAA supports a broad portfolio of research that encompasses basic, behavioral, epidemiological, health services, prevention, and treatment development research that examines the underlying mechanisms and health effects of alcohol use and alcohol use disorders. Interested applicants should review NIAAA's strategic plan (https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/about-niaaa/strategic-plan-2017-2021) and are highly encouraged to contact program staff listed below to discuss your application prior to submission.

Salary Support: Up to $90,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $50,000 per year.

For more information, see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AA-20-003.html.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Scientific/Research Contact(s)
Carol Shreffler, Ph.D.
Email: shreffl1@niehs.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)
Jenny Greer
Email: jenny.greer@nih.gov

NIEHS supports research to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives, and invites applications from qualified postdoctoral fellows who plan to pursue an independent research career in the environmental health sciences. The Institute funds a substantial portfolio of research conducted by investigators in many disciplines that span the range from basic mechanistic research to clinical and epidemiologic studies using human subjects. More information can be found on the NIEHS website at: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/index.cfm.

Salary Support: Up to $60,000 plus fringe benefits per year.
Research Support: Up to $20,000 per year.

For more information, see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-ES-20-011.html.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Scientific/Research Contact(s)
Alberto L. Rivera-Rentas, Ph.D.
Email: riverara@nidcd.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)
Christopher Myers
Email: myersc@mail.nih.gov

NIDCD uses the MOSAIC K99/R00 program to support promising postdoctoral investigators from diverse backgrounds conducting research in NIDCD research areas that are ready to complete their transition to become an independent investigator.

  • Application must demonstrate its contribution to NIDCD and its fit to NIDCD's Mission, Research Priorities, and Strategic Plan.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply no later than the third year of their postdoctoral training to ensure awardees receive maximum benefit from both the K99 phase of the award, and to facilitate a timely transition to independence.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide clear evidence that adequate resources are available at the institution for the successful completion of the proposed research project.
  • Applications should include explicit statements from the institution and the mentor(s) addressing the following:
    • Detailed information about who will provide the necessary resources;
    • Funding source and amount of additional funding (as needed);
    • Support staff available and committed to the project;
    • Availability of biostatistical support for the duration of the study - including the planning period; and
    • A contingency plan (for the institution and mentor) for completion of the study in the event the awardee leaves the institution earlier than the end date of the award.

Salary Support: Up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: Up to $25,000 per year.

For more information, see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-DC-20-002.html.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

Scientific/Research Contact(s)
Lynn Mertens King, Ph.D.
Email: lynn.king@nih.gov

Peer Review Contact
Yasaman Shirazi, Ph.D.
Email: yasaman.shirazi@nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)
Dede Rutberg, MBA
Email: rutbergd@mail.nih.gov

NIDCR will accept applications from postdoctoral scientists seeking to establish an independent research career in research areas relevant to the Institute's mission to improve dental, oral, and craniofacial health and align with the NIDCR Strategic Plan.

For additional scientific program information and for pre-application guidance, potential applicants are encouraged to contact the NIDCR scientific staff listed below to discuss an application prior to submission.

Salary Support: Up to $100,000 plus fringe benefits per year.

Research Support: Up to $25,000 per year.

For more information, see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-DE-20-018.html.

MOSAIC K99/R00 – Review Information

How will MOSAIC K99/R00 applications be reviewed?

MOSAIC K99/R00 applications will be reviewed by special emphasis panels organized by the NIGMS Scientific Review Branch or Review Branches of other awarding ICs. The name and contact information for the scientific review official assigned to each application will be posted in the eRA Commons once the assignment has been made.

What is the timeline for submission, review, and award?

MOSAIC K99/R00 applications use Standard Due Dates. A table summarizing this information is presented below.

Cycle ICycle IICycle III
Application Due DateFebruaryJuneOctober
Scientific Merit ReviewJune/JulyOctober/NovemberFebruary/March
Advisory CouncilSeptemberJanuaryMay
Earliest Start DateDecemberAprilJuly

Will the reviewers have expertise in the subject area of my application?

Yes. The Scientific Review Offices of participating ICs will ensure that reviewers have the relevant expertise to review the application, bearing in mind that MOSAIC is intended to support a broad program of research and the breadth of research areas that are encompassed by the missions of participating ICs.

How can I find the roster for the study section that will review my application?

Rosters will be available 15 days before the study section meeting.

How do the review criteria differ from those for the Parent K99/R00 application?

The review criteria are the same (Candidate, Career Development Plan/Career Goals and Objectives, Research Plan, Mentors, Environment & Institutional Commitment). In some cases, the wording has been modified to ensure the candidate’s record is evaluated relative to their years of experience to date. Additionally, there are review criteria to assess the candidate’s, mentor’s and institution’s commitment to diversity in the biomedical sciences.

Can I appeal the review of my MOSAIC K99/R00 application?

Yes. Appeals are allowed for PARs.

If my application for MOSAIC is not funded, will I be able to prepare a resubmission?

Yes, if you are eligible per the eligibility criteria specified in the FOA.

What will be Council's involvement in the second level peer review of MOSAIC applications?

The summary statements for MOSAIC applications will be made available to the Advisory Councils of participating Institutes and Centers in the same way as for other applications.

MOSAIC K99/R00 – Post Review Issues

When should I submit Just-in-Time information?

Participating IC will notify applicants when to submit Just-in-Time information. This information will be requested for all applications under consideration for funding, but the request is not meant to imply anything about the probability of an award.

How will MOSAIC funding decisions be made?

Each IC will make funding decisions consistent with their priorities.

For NIGMS, staff will carefully consider the study section and advisory council recommendations, including the scores and language in the summary statement, and Just-in-Time information. As with all funding decisions, NIGMS also considers the breadth and diversity of the Institute's research portfolio.

How will investigators be informed about the process?

Investigators who contact Program staff will be provided feedback in the usual way on the reviews and their prospects for receiving a MOSAIC K99/R00 award. As always, staff cannot make any definite statements until the plan to make an award is approved at an appropriate level. The Notice of Award is the only official notice of a government commitment to fund an NIH award.