NIH Opportunities: Information on Loan Repayment and Mosiac Program

August 27, 2021 - 02:39PM - by Henry Walker

NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP):

NIH Repays Your Student Loans!

The goal of the NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is to recruit & retain qualified professionals into biomedical or behavioral research careers.

  • NEW NHGRI Sub-category: LRP-REACH (NOT-OD-21-144)
    • M.S. or Ph.D. genetic counselors working in genomics research
  • Research supported by a domestic, nonprofit research organization
  • Qualified educational debt greater than 20% of annual base salary
  • Awards based on applicant’s potential to build and sustain a research career
  • You MUST HAVE an eRA Commons ID to apply!
  • Applications are due November 18, 2021
  • Interested in applying for a LRP through NHGRI?

Contact:Heather Colley,


The MOSAIC program is designed to facilitate the transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds into independent, research-intensive faculty careers in institutions.

The program has two components: a postdoctoral career transition award to promote diversity (K99/R00), and a cohort-based mentoring and career development program that supports the scholars (UE5).   The MOSAIC K99/R00 program supports early career scientists with demonstrated and compelling commitments and contributions to enhancing diversity in the biomedical sciences. MOSAIC scholars come from diverse scientific backgrounds, and 75% are from racial/ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. 

In addition to the postdoctoral transition award, MOSAIC scholars become members of scientific cohorts and participate in mentoring, networking, and professional development activities coordinated by MOSAIC UE5 awardees:  The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), or The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). 

NIH accepts applications for the MOSAIC K99/R00 award three times per year, and the next application receipt date is October 27, 2021.  Please note, the MOSAIC K99/R00 award is limited to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Again, the informational webinar will be on Tuesday, September 7 at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT. You can read more about the MOSAIC program and find log in information in a recent post on the NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog, as well as answers see answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in applying for a MOSAIC award through NHGRI?

Contact: Heather Colley,

eMERGE Network: Updated Guidance on the Reporting of Race and Ethnicity in Medical and Science Journals (JAMA)

August 26, 2021 - 08:43PM - by Henry Walker

New editorial published in JAMA regarding updated guidance on reporting race and ethnicity in publications.

Link to editorial:

RFI on Developing Consent Language for Future Use of Data and Biospecimens

July 16, 2021 - 03:27PM - by Henry Walker

NIH is seeking input on a new RFI on Developing Consent Language for Future Use of Data and Biospecimens.  The comment period will remain open until September 29th.

NIH is establishing a new resource, entitled Consent for Data and Biospecimen Sharing for Future Use: Points to Consider and Sample Language, which is meant to provide some starting language that can be used and modified as appropriate by the community as they design consent forms for studies that incorporate data and biospecimen sharing.  In order to seek broader community input on the resource, we released an RFI and we are hoping for a robust response to make the resource as useful as possible. We would certainly appreciate any feedback you and your stakeholders may have.

AIM-AHEAD Research Opportunity Announced

July 14, 2021 - 04:03PM - by Henry Walker

The Research Opportunity Announcement (ROA) titled “AIM-AHEAD Coordinating Center: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Consortium to Advance Health Equity and Researcher Diversity” (OTA-21-017) was published late yesterday. The Coordinating Center will build a consortium comprising four main cores (Leadership/Administration, Data Science Training, Data and Research, Infrastructure), and applicants may address one or more of these cores. 

We encourage you to read the full ROA and register for tomorrow’s optional informational webinar. Also, please note these important dates:  

  • July 15: Informational webinar 
  • July 22: Letters of Intent due 
  • Aug. 3: Proposals due 
  • Sept. 8: Earliest start date 

The funding instrument for this ROA is the Other Transactions (OT) Award mechanism. OT awards are not grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts, and use an Other Transactions Authority, provided by law. Policies and terms for individual OT awards may vary between awards. Each award is issued with a specific agreement, which is negotiated with the recipient and details specific terms and conditions for that award. 

We will discuss the opportunity and this funding mechanism at tomorrow’s webinar. A recording of the webinar will be available on Friday, July 16 on the AIM-AHEAD webpage.  If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact If you have questions related to the OT award mechanism or other financial-related questions, please contact Financial/Agreements Officer Dede Rutberg at

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