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National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research seeks input on proposed initiatives

October 16, 2019

By David Burger

Bethesda, Md. — The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is welcoming input on its research initiatives from the research and clinical practice communities, industry, interested organizations and the public as part of its budget planning process for the 2021 fiscal year.

The proposed themes below were presented at the September National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council meeting and are being considered for funding in 2021:

•    NIDCR Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Transition Award for a diverse dental, oral and craniofacial research workforce.
•    Engaging dental health professionals to end the human immunodeficiency virus epidemic.
•    Reissuance of Administrative Supplement for Collaborative Science.
•    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.

Initiatives are used by the National Institutes of Health and centers to communicate future research goals to the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Health and Human Services and Congress, said Dr. Martha J. Somerman, Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, in a news release.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research begins the initiative development process each year by identifying broad research topic areas, Dr. Somerman said.

“We then develop a specific initiative proposal for each theme, taking into consideration the input received,” Dr. Somerman said. “Please note that initiatives are not a complete picture of the institute’s planned research portfolio for the year indicated, nor do they signal that themes highlighted the previous year have been abandoned. Proposed FY 2021 initiatives will be integrated into this larger landscape as they are considered for funding.”

To provide input and read a full description of the proposed initiatives, go here.

Comments are due Nov. 15.

Learn more about the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at nidcr.nih.gov.