As part of its budget planning process for the 2019 fiscal year, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) has identified topical themes for development into research initiatives. During this process, the NIDCR is seeking input from its research and clinical practice communities, interested organizations, and the public at large.
When identifying themes for potential funding initiatives, the NIDCR takes many factors into account, including scientific opportunity, alignment with the mission and goals of its strategic plans, robustness of the existing portfolio in an existing theme area, and current budgetary climate. The proposed research themes for FY 2019 are:
- Advancing Our Understanding of Enamel Development
- Basic and Translational Research on HIV and AIDS-Related Pathogens in the Oral Cavity
- Bioinformatics/Data Science Jumpstart for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Diseases
- Biological Factors Underlying Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Health Disparities
- Biology of Aging in Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Tissues
- Dental Practice-Based Research Networks
- FaceBase 3: Bioinformatics and Data Management Hub
- Precision Imaging of Oral Lesions
- Understanding Gene-Environment Interactions in Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Diseases
The NIDCR notes that initiatives are not a complete picture of its planned research portfolio, nor do they signal that previous themes have been abandoned. A full description of each initiative and instructions on how to provide input are available at https://go.usa.gov/xRm2F. Comments are due no later than Tuesday, September 5, 2017.