Applicants interested in the MOSAIC K99/R00 Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote diversity are encouraged to consult the
Table of IC-Specific Information, Requrements, and Staff Contacts and 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:
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.
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).
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).”
Generally, the 4-year period begins when an applicant has completed all requirements to satisfy their doctoral degree (e.g., completed their dissertation defense).
Time spent in a Ph.D. advisor’s lab as a postdoctoral researcher does count toward the 4-year limit.
Yes. NIH will approve an extension of one year for childbirth within the 4 year K99 eligibility window. For more, see
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.
NOT-OD-20-011, NIH will approve an extension of one year for childbirth within the 4 year K99 eligibility window. NIH will consider extensions of the 4-year eligibility window for life events (e.g., 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.
Generally it is good to provide information about your training in a table format (date, description, percent effort in lab) to help NIH effectively evaluate the request and the length of the extension. A sample format is below:
Yes. Due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NIH will be providing up to a two-receipt date cycle extension of eligibility (roughly eight additional months) for prospective applicants meeting the requirements for submission of a K99/R00 application from the time period covered by the June/July 2020 due dates through the February/March 2021 due dates. To aid potential applicants in determining whether they are eligible for the extension, the following examples are provided:
This policy may be subject to future updates. For more information on the COVID related eligibility extension for the MOSAIC K99/R00 program, please see:
https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-GM-20-051.html. For other NIH related COVID flexibilities, please check the
NIH COVID-19 Webpage regularly for updates.
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.
Both the MOSAIC K99/R00 award and parent K99/R00 provide up to five years of support in two phases:
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.
As with all K99/R00 awardees, MOSAIC scholars propose rigorous research and career development activities—and their mentors provide tailored career development plans—as part of their applications. Additionally, MOSAIC scholars have demonstrated compelling commitments and contributions to enhancing diversity, as well as substantive plans to continue these activities as part of their independent research careers.
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.
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).
Yes. The initial MOSAIC UE5 Awardees and their websites are listed below:
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.
Yes. MOSAIC K99/R00 applications
No. The NIH will not accept duplicate or highly overlapping applications under review at the same time. An individual may not have two or more competing NIH career development applications pending review concurrently. In addition, NIH will not accept:
Anyone who meets the
eligibility criteria specified in the FOA can apply. Previous application to the Parent K99/R00 does not impact your ability to apply for the MOSAIC K99/R00 program. Note, as you are applying for a new funding opportunity announcement, this would be considered a new application, not a resubmission (or A1).
Please consult the Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements, and Staff Contacts and email the relevant Scientific Contact with a specific aims page and biosketch to assess appropriateness of the proposal. If you’re a postdoc interested in the MOSAIC program, but your research falls within the mission of an IC that is not participating in the program, we encourage you to reach out to Dr. Kenneth Gibbs to discuss your options.
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.
MOSAIC K99/R00 applications use
Standard Due Dates. A table summarizing this information is presented below.
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.
Rosters will be available 15 days before the study section meeting.
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.
Yes. Appeals are allowed for PARs.
Yes, if you are eligible per the
eligibility criteria specified in the FOA.
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.
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.
Each IC will make funding decisions consistent with their priorities and missions.
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.
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.
No. Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education and For-Profit Organizations are eligible to apply.
Applications are encouraged from organizations (1) composed of biomedical researchers (e.g., scientific societies) with a membership of scientists conducting research within the mission(s) of one or more of the participating NIH institutes or centers, including members with active research project grants from these ICs (see
NIH RePORTER); (2) with experience serving as a centralized entity to enhance scientific communication and networking among scientists conducting research; (3) with an established record of providing professional development and networking activities for the next generation of biomedical researchers; (4) with a demonstrated commitment to enhancing the diversity of the biomedical research workforce, for example, individuals from underrepresented groups; and (5) with the resources to support the proposed program, e.g., the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and educational capacity.
Yes. Multiple organizations can partner for a MOSAIC UE5 application, with one organization serving as Primary Performance Site Location. If multiple organizations partner for an UE5 application, follow all instructions for Consortium/Contractual Arrangements in the
SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.
Yes. While, NIGMS does not intend to fund additional UE5 awards for the upcoming receipt date, NHLBI, NIMH, NLM, and NCCIH are participating in the program. Scientific societies interested in partnering with NIH on this effort to reach out to the
scientific/research contacts listed in the FOA to learn more.
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