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Limited Submissions: Internal Call for Proposals for NIH Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Institutionally-Focused Research Education Award to Promote Diversity (UE5 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed).

Limited Submissions: Internal Call for Proposals

NIH Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC)

Institutionally-Focused Research Education Award to Promote Diversity (UE5 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)UNC Internal deadline: 11:59 PM, Monday, September 14, 2020

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Key Dates

UNC Internal Deadline: 11:59 PM, Monday, September 14, 2020

NIH Application Deadline: November 2, 2020


Important Information

Number of Applications per Institution: Organizations may only submit one application.


To Apply

Submit the following (in ONE .pdf) to the Office of Research Development limited submissions inbox by 11:59 PM, Monday, September 14, 2020.

  1. PI/Proposed team member’s NIH formatted biosketch (five-page maximum)
  2. Project Summary (no more than 4 pages)
  3. List of potential/committed collaborators (internal and external to UNC)
  4. Names of three internal (to UNC) experts who could speak knowledgeably about the candidate’s research and who could potentially serve on an internal review panel.
  • Please do not include the names of faculty named on the project, chairs, deans, directors, direct reports, or others who have a conflict of interest.
  • Please notify all potential internal reviewers before submitting the pre-proposal packet to ORD.


Award Information

Award Budget: Although the size of the award may vary with the scope of the research education program proposed and there are no specific budget limitations, average award size is expected to be $250,000 in direct costs per year.

Award Project Period: The project period is limited to 5 years.

Cost Sharing: Not required.


Program Overview

The NIH Research Education Program (UE5) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The overarching goal of the NIH MOSAIC UE5 program is to support educational activities that encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, for example, those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, to pursue careers as independent researchers at research-intensive academic institutions. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development and Mentoring Activities.

Applications are encouraged from organizations of biomedical researchers (e.g., scientific societies) with a membership of scientists conducting research within the mission areas of participating NIH Institutes and Centers, experience serving as a centralized entity to enhance scientific communication and networking among scientists conducting research, 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.

The program provides support for well-designed courses for skills development and mentoring activities to prepare cohorts of postdoctoral and early-career faculty scholars supported by MOSAIC K99/R00 awards to transition into, succeed, and advance in independent faculty careers at research-intensive institutions.

Internal Review Criteria

The review follows the traditional NIH criteria. Please see the additional review considerations.

Proposal’s responsiveness to program criteria: How well the proposal addresses the program’s stated goals? How well does the nominee meet the foundation’s criteria?

Presentation of the proposal: Is the proposal well-written and easily understood? Does it anticipate, and address potential areas of weakness?

Nominee: Address the qualifications and research experience of the nominee. What is their stature in the academic community? Are they ideal for the developmental stage the foundation is looking for (early vs. tenured, etc.)? Are they well-qualified based on the criteria? Share what is most significant (based on the foundation’s criteria) about the nominee’s publication experience, funding history, how they have made a significant contribution to science/scholarship.

Impact of the proposal and potential benefit to the university: Will the proposal make a significant impact on the academic fields involved? To society? Will it advance the state-of-the-art in its field? How will the university community benefit if the proposal were funded?


Additional Information

Full Solicitation:

Review Criteria:

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