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National Institutes of Health

NIDCR Mentoring Network to Support a Diverse Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research Workforce


Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.


Institutional Eligibility:  Applicant organizations may submit only one application. 


PI Eligibility:  The PD/PI should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.


The PD/PI should be a senior faculty member and have a strong track record as an NIH funded investigator, educator and experienced mentor, and should be capable of directing the NIDCR mentoring network program and of providing mentorship and professional research career education experiences to participants, including individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences (see NOT-OD-18-210).


The PD/PI should be capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the program, or of providing evidence of a team that has these capabilities. The PD/PI or PD/PI team should have scientific leadership and background in NIDCR research topic areas, as evidenced by scientific publications and a record of peer-reviewed research support, and must be actively engaged in research in an area related to the mission of the NIDCR.


If a PD/PI team is proposed, members must have experience and leadership in mentoring and should have a strong record of providing mentorship and professional research career education experiences to individuals underrepresented in the biomedical sciences (see NOT-OD-18-210). For example, a PD/PI with strong scientific experience and expertise could partner with a PD/PI who has mentorship and leadership experience to fulfill the requirements for leadership of this program.


The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).


Proposal Limit: 1


Summary:  The NIH Research Education Projects Cooperative Agreements Program (UE5) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The over-arching goal of this NIDCR UE5 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce. The major goal of this UE5 program is to establish a mentoring network that will facilitate a diverse pool of early career investigators, including those from groups identified as underrepresented (see NOT-OD-18-210), to advancetheir research careers and/or transition to the next career stage and to develop a high quality independently funded research program. This FOA invites applications from senior faculty, experienced mentors and experienced researchers to develop and direct a mentoring network for eligible early career investigators (postdoctorates and junior faculty) to foster a career trajectory towards independent dental, oral and craniofacial health research.


To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on     Mentoring Activities and Courses for Skills Development.


Proposed programs are expected to contribute to the development of a skilled cadre of investigators in requisite scientific research areas to advance the objectives of the NIDCR Strategic Plan.




February 21, 2019

Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project. 


Send email of intent to

February 28, 2019

Deadline to submit an internal proposal.

All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a research plan summary (3 pages max not including references), two-page bio-sketch (per PI), and preliminary budget.

The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.  Once you log-in to e-proposal, choose “Limited Submission Grant” from the Available Grants section.

If you have any questions, please contact:  or 979.862.2233.

March 28, 2019

Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

May 30, 2019

Sponsor deadline for the full proposal.



Internal Selection Procedures:

Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.