NIDCR Seeks Input on Research Initiatives

Dentistry Today


As part of the budget planning process for fiscal year 2021, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is identifying topical themes for development into research initiatives. During this process, NIDCR is seeking input from research and clinical practice communities, industry, interested organizations, and the public at large. 

Several research themes were presented at the September 2019 National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council meeting and are being considered for funding in fiscal year 2021: 

  • NIDCR Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Transition Award for a Diverse Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research Workforce
  • Engaging Dental Health Professionals to “End the HIV Epidemic”
  • Reissuance of Administrative Supplement for Collaborative Science (ASCS)
  • Defining Mechanisms of Disease Recurrence in Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Tissues
  • Institutional Research Training for a Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research Workforce
  • Defining Lineage Plasticity and Endogenous Regeneration Capacity of Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Tissues
  • Accelerating Discovery and Characterization of Genetic Variants Underlying Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Diseases and Conditions

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) institutes and centers use initiatives to communicate future research goals to the NIH, the Department of Health and Human Services, and Congress. The NIDCR begins the initiative development process each year by identifying broad research topic areas, or themes. It then develops a specific initiative proposal for each theme, considering the input received.

Initiatives are not a complete picture of the NIDCR’s planned research portfolio for the indicated year, nor do they signal that themes highlighted the previous year have been abandoned. Proposed fiscal year 2021 initiatives will be integrated into this larger landscape as they are considered for funding. Interested parties may provide their input online.

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