The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is seeking public comment on two new proposed research initiatives. Aligned with the NIDCR 2030 strategic visioning initiative, they are designed to build on earlier public input toward enhancing workforce diversity and advancing oral biodevices.
The first initiative, Mentoring Network for Underrepresented Postdoctoral and Early-Career Faculty Investigators, aims to enhance the research career progression and success of postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty who are underrepresented in the dental, oral, and craniofacial research workforce.
The NIDCR Mentoring Network will facilitate interactions between experienced investigators and mentors and these early-career stage investigators and enhance their professional skills and abilities in pursuing independent dental, oral, and craniofacial research careers.
The second, Accelerating the Advancement of Digital Dentistry, will explore how new digital tools and technologies are revolutionizing the dental and medical fields and making patient care easier, faster, safer, more effective, and more personalized.
Potential research areas include the development and integration of advanced digital imaging tools, software technologies, surgical planning strategies, manufacturing approaches, and clinical decision-making tools.
The NIDCR welcomes input from its scientific advisory groups, the extramural community, interested organizations, and the public at large. Comments, which may be submitted via IdeaScale on the NIDCR 2030 homepage, will be reviewed by NIDCR staff for consideration in further developing the initiatives and related funding opportunities.
Launched in 2017, NIDCR 2030 aims to advance dental, oral, and craniofacial research over the next 15 years. It envisions a world where dental, oral, and craniofacial health and disease are understood in the context of the whole body. Goal areas include oral health and overall health, precision health, autotherapies, oral biodevices, and workforce diversity.