NIDCR-AADR Mentoring Network Funding Opportunity

Seeking participants to participate in the NIDCR supported UE5DE029439 “AADR Mentoring an Inclusive Network for a Diverse Workforce of the Future (AADR MIND the Future)” in response to RFA-DE-19-007 NIDCR Mentoring Network to Support a Diverse Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research Workforce.

The program is currently open for applications for the second cohort of mentee/participants.  Please see the a brief description of the program, current mentee/participants, and a link to the application site The application deadline is May 3, 2021.

Ten program participants/mentees will be selected annually and commit to at least one full year of mentoring education/activities. Twelve months will be devoted to enhancing research career development through intensive hands-on work, combining in-person sessions (after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted) with distance-learning components, and engaging in a mentored grant writing experience.  Also, mentees will be invited and strongly encouraged to remain engaged with the program post 12 months to foster peer mentoring and to support further career development based on individual needs and preferences.

Participants must have a research (e.g., PhD or equivalent) and/or health-professional doctoral degree (e.g., DDS/DMD) or equivalent. The candidates must have postdoctoral research experience and be committed to developing into independent investigators in research areas relevant to the mission of the NIDCR. Candidates may be in postdoctoral or junior faculty positions (e.g., Assistant Professor). Tenured faculty are not eligible for the program.

Examples of eligible participants include:

  • Applicants from groups identified as nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences will be solicited and encouraged. These groups include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds per the Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity.
  • Eligible participants include postdoctoral scientists and early career faculty currently or previously supported by NIH research training awards (e.g., F32, T32, T90, R90), career development awards (e.g., K01, K08, K22, K23, K25, K99/R00, KL2), NIH small grants (R03), individuals supported by NIH research supplements to promote diversity, and individuals supported by equivalent programs funded by other agencies, foundations, or organizations.
  • Participants are expected to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Non-U.S. citizens may participate with strong justification (e.g., K99 non-U.S. citizen awardees, NIDCR R90 participants)