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Training Grants Sponsored by NIDCR

Contacts:

For information about K Career Development Awards, T32/T90 Training Programs and Loan Repayment Programs contact Dr. Lynn Mertens King at 301-594-5006, lynn.king@nih.gov.

For information about Individual NRSA F awards and K99/R00 awards contact: Dr. Leslie Frieden at 301-496-4263, friedenla@nidcr.nih.gov



Dental Students

Predoctoral Students

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows (F30)
    Provides a maximum of six years support to students pursuing both DDS/DMD and PhD degrees. An annual stipend and partial tuition are provided. Additional funds are available for other training-related expenses. Applicants must be enrolled in a DDS/DMD program at an accredited U.S. dental school and accepted in a related scientific PhD (or equivalent degree) program. Students attending any accredited U.S. dental school may apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents at the time of award.
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31)
    Provides support to students who have identified a dissertation project and an appropriate dissertation director in an area of research supported by NIDCR as described in the Institute’s Strategic Plan. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and must be enrolled in a PhD research program. Applicants must be at the dissertation research stage of their doctoral training.
  • Institutional NRSA Research Training Grant (T32, T90/R90)
    Provides support to eligible institutions to encourage innovative and novel research training opportunities for individuals interested in pursuing independent research careers in dental, oral, and craniofacial research. Training programs provide trainees with a robust curriculum of study and research experiences that will facilitate development toward independent research careers, and include one or more of the following components:
    • A Dental Scientist Training Program (DSTP) to support trainees seeking to obtain both the DDS/DMD and PhD degrees in an integrated program;
    • Research training to support promising doctoral candidates seeking to obtain a PhD or equivalent research degree, and who will be conducting research in health-related fields relevant to the NIDCR’s mission;
    • Postdoctoral training for dentists leading to the PhD or equivalent research degree, or leading to the Masters in Clinical Research degree;
    • Postdoctoral training for dentist scientists or non-clinician PhD scientists;
    • Oral pathobiology training for non-clinician PhD scientists, to provide an understanding of the clinical relevance of their basic science research activities, and to better prepare these scientists for independent careers in dental, oral and craniofacial research.
    • Institutions with T90/R90 Training Grants can provide support also for PhD and/or postdoctoral training for dentists who are not US citizens.
    Funding is awarded directly to participating institutions, which then select the trainees.

Postdoctoral Training and Career Development

  • Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08)
    The purpose of the NIDCR K08 mechanism is to encourage dentists or other clinicians to pursue a career in oral health research. The prospective candidate must have a DDS/DMD, MD or other clinical doctoral degree, and be willing to spend a minimum of 75 percent of full-time professional effort conducting research. Priority will be given to dentists who wish to pursue a program that includes didactic and supervised basic or behavioral science research experiences that result in the PhD degree. Health professionals who already have the PhD degree may use the award for postdoctoral experience. The NIDCR does not allow support for clinical specialty training to be provided under this program.

    Supports three to five years of supervised research experience that integrates didactic studies with mentored basic, behavioral or laboratory research. An annual salary plus commensurate fringe benefits are provided. Additional funds are available for training related expenses. Applicants must have a sponsoring institution and mentor. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents at the time of award.
  • Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23)
    Supports three to five years of supervised study for clinically trained professionals with a doctoral degree to pursue training in patient-oriented research. Patient-oriented research is defined as research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects. This area of research includes: 1) mechanisms of human disease; 2) therapeutic interventions; 3) clinical trials, and; 4) the development of new technologies.

    Candidates must have a sponsoring institution and mentor. Salary, fringe benefits, and training-related expenses are provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents at the time of award.
  • NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)
    This two-phase award provides the opportunity for promising postdoctoral scientists to receive both mentored and independent research support from the same award. The initial 1-2 year mentored phase will allow investigators to complete their supervised research work, publish results, and search for an independent research position. The second, independent phase, years 3-5, will allow awardees who secure an assistant professorship, or equivalent position, to establish their own research program and successfully apply for an NIH Investigator-Initiated (R01) grant.

    Outstanding postdoctoral candidates who have terminal clinical or research doctorates (or equivalent doctoral degrees) and who have no more than 5 years of postdoctoral research training at the time of initial application, or subsequent resubmission(s) are eligible. Former principal investigators of NIH Small Grants (R03) or Exploratory/Developmental Grants (R21) are not eligible for this award.

    The NIDCR welcomes applications from postdoctoral scientists seeking to establish an independent research career in social, behavioral, biomedical, and biological science fields relevant to the NIDCR Strategic Plan. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to a career in oral health research, and funding priority will be given to applicants holding a dental degree.

    In addition, although previous K awardees are not generally eligible to apply for a second K award, the NIDCR will accept K99/R00 applications from dentist scientists who have used a previous NIDCR-funded K08 or K23 award to earn the PhD degree. Such applicants must have completed the PhD before applying. All other eligibility requirements and conditions of the K99/R00 mechanism apply.

    See further details about the Pathway to Independence Award.
  • NIDCR Dentist-Scientist Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)
    NIDCR is also sponsoring a K99/R00 award program limited to dentist-scientists possessing both a DDS/DMD clinical degree and a PhD (or equivalent) research degree. This program is similar to the standard NIH-wide K99/R00 program, but has several unique features. For this award mechanism, the mentored K99 phase is required to last two full years--no early activations of the R00 phase will be permitted. In addition, awardees who are offered independent positions in a U.S. dental school in conjunction with a dental specialty training program will be allowed to request up to 5 years of R00 phase support. In such cases, the specialty training program must be structured so that no more than the equivalent of 3 calendar person months (i.e. 25% effort) in any year is devoted to clinical activities; at least the equivalent of 9 calendar person months (i.e. 75% effort) each year must comprise protected research time. NIDCR will not provide funding for the clinical specialty training; the dental school hiring the R00 awardee will be expected to support such training. Letters specifying this commitment will be required as part of the application to transition to the R00 phase. Dual degree dentist scientists who do not intend to pursue specialty training or those who complete the mentored postdoctoral phase and then elect not to participate in specialty training are still eligible for this award, but are limited to three years of R00 support.

    Dentists who have used a previous NIDCR-funded K08 or K23 award to earn the PhD degree are also eligible for the dentist-scientist K99/R00 award mechanism. Such applicants must have completed the PhD before applying. All other eligibility requirements and conditions of the K99/R00 mechanism apply.
  • Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award (K25)
    Supports career development of investigators with quantitative scientific and engineering backgrounds outside of biology or medicine who wish to focus their research on behavioral, basic or clinical biomedical research. Candidates must have an advanced degree in a quantitative area of science or engineering (e.g. MSEE, PhD, DSc) and have a sponsoring institution and mentor. Salary, fringe benefits and additional funds for research support are provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents at the time of award.
  • Individual NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32)
    Provides up to three years support for trainees at academic institutions to broaden their scientific background or extend their potential for research in health-related areas. Applicants must have a doctoral degree. The stipend ranges depending on years of postdoctoral experience. Additional funds are available for other training related expenses. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents at the time of award.
  • Institutional NRSA Research Training Grant (T32, T90/R90)
    Provides support to eligible institutions to encourage innovative and novel research training opportunities for individuals interested in pursuing independent research careers in dental, oral, and craniofacial research. Training programs provide trainees with a robust curriculum of study and research experiences that will facilitate development toward independent research careers, and include one or more of the following components:
    • A Dental Scientist Training Program (DSTP) to support trainees seeking to obtain both the DDS/DMD and PhD degrees in an integrated program;
    • Research training to support promising doctoral candidates seeking to obtain a PhD or equivalent research degree, and who will be conducting research in health-related fields relevant to the NIDCR’s mission;
    • Postdoctoral training for dentists leading to the PhD or equivalent research degree, or leading to the Masters in Clinical Research degree;
    • Postdoctoral training for dentist scientists or non-clinician PhD scientists;
    • Oral pathobiology training for non-clinician PhD scientists, to provide an understanding of the clinical relevance of their basic science research activities, and to better prepare these scientists for independent careers in dental, oral and craniofacial research.
    • Institutions with T90/R90 Training Grants can provide support also for PhD and/or postdoctoral training for dentists who are not US citizens.

    Funding is awarded directly to participating institutions, which then select the trainees.

Independent Scientists

Institutional Training Grants

NIDCR provides support to eligible institutions to encourage innovative and novel research training opportunities for individuals interested in pursuing independent research careers in dental, oral, and craniofacial research. Training programs should provide trainees with a robust curriculum of study and research experiences that will facilitate development toward independent research careers, and can include one or a combination of the following components:

  • A Dental Scientist Training Program (DSTP) to support trainees seeking to obtain both the DDS/DMD and PhD degrees in an integrated program;
  • Research training to support promising doctoral candidates seeking to obtain a PhD or equivalent research degree, and who will be conducting research in health-related fields relevant to the NIDCR’s mission;
  • Postdoctoral training for dentists leading to the PhD or equivalent research degree, or leading to the Masters in Clinical Research degree;
  • Postdoctoral training for dentist scientists or non-clinician PhD scientists;
  • Oral pathobiology training for non-clinician PhD scientists, to provide an understanding of the clinical relevance of their basic science research activities, and to better prepare these scientists for independent careers in dental, oral and craniofacial research
  • Provide support for PhD and/or postdoctoral training for non-US citizen dentists.
The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Training for a Dental and Craniofacial Research Workforce (T32) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is for institutions that propose to provide training opportunities only for US citizens or permanent residents.

The Institutional Training for a Dental and Craniofacial Research Workforce (T90/R90) FOA is for institutions that propose to provide training opportunities not only for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, but also for foreign-trained dentists who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Note: The T90/R90 FOA includes all components of the T32 FOA, plus a non-citizen dentist postdoctoral training component. Institutions applying for new or competitive renewal institutional training grant funding may apply for either the T32 or the T90/R90, but not both. The decision as to which FOA to apply for should be based solely on an applicant institution’s interest in providing training to non-citizens. Review criteria are the same for each FOA and all applications will be reviewed in a single study section.


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This page last updated: March 07, 2014