NIDCR Mentoring Network Program

AADR Mentoring an Inclusive Network for a Diverse Workforce of the Future (AADR MIND the Future)

The goal of the NIDCR-AADR MIND the Future mentoring network program is to provide mentoring and networking opportunities for postdoctoral and junior faculty scientists who are from groups underrepresented in biomedical research to enhance their trajectory towards independent dental, oral and craniofacial health research careers.

Program: A cohort of ten early career investigators (postdoctoral to junior faculty level) from diverse backgrounds are selected per year, matched with an experienced mentor, and engage in technical skills development, research career development, and networking activities with a primary focus on preparing a grant application for NIDCR research career development (K) or research project grant (R) support.

Activities: Include didactic training and mentored career development activities related to academic research careers, including a science communication workshop and a mentored grant writing and mock NIH peer review experience. Meetings include in-person (if applicable) and virtual synchronous and asynchronous activities.

2021 AADR MIND the Future application due date: May 3, 2022 (cohort 2)

AADR MIND the Future information and application information.


Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Institutionally Focused Research Education Award (UE5)
The MOSAIC UE5 program supports awards to independent organizations (e.g., scientific societies). MOSAIC UE5 awardees will support educational activities that equip MOSAIC K99/R00 scholars with professional skills and provide them with the appropriate mentoring and professional networks to allow them to transition into, advance, and succeed in independent, tenure-track or equivalent research-intensive faculty positions. Awardee organizations must provide career development and mentoring activities aligned with and appropriate for the disciplinary backgrounds of scholars supported through the MOSAIC K99/R00 program. Areas of programmatic need will be indicated through Notices of Special Interest (NOSIs) released annually by NIH. Applications that do not address the program areas of need specified in the NOSI will be considered non-responsive and will not be reviewed. The NOSI for the November 2021 receipt date is NOT-GM-21-051.

Last Reviewed
September 2021