2020 - 2025 NIDCR Strategic Plan

The mission of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is to improve the health of the nation through investments in research focused on dental, oral, and craniofacial (DOC) diseases including caries, periodontal disease, cancers, orofacial pain, craniofacial disorders, salivary gland disorders, rare diseases, and oral manifestations of systemic diseases.

To effectively accomplish this mission, NIDCR is drafting a strategic plan for fiscal years 2020-2025, which will help guide the Institute’s funding of research over the next six years. Strategic planning is used to establish priorities, set clear goals, and detail the actions needed to achieve them. A strategic plan helps NIDCR focus energy and resources to achieve a common set of goals with agreed upon outcomes.

In 2017, NIDCR launched NIDCR 2030, a visioning initiative in which we imagined a future where DOC health and diseases are understood in the context of the whole body, and research transforms how we promote health, treat disease, and overcome health disparities. To get us there, NIDCR asked for your help in developing our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. 

NIDCR 2030 established five priority areas and accompanying goals, which were used to organize the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. 

Strategic plan priority areas - Oral health & overall health; precision oral health; regenerative medicine; health disparities; diverse workforce.


NIDCR is very grateful for the thoughtful and detailed comments and suggestions it received in response to the Request for Information (RFI) published on July 10, 2019. The purpose of the RFI was to solicit feedback on the priority areas and goals and suggest specific initiatives, programs, or research questions to accomplish the goal and metrics to measure progress.

Many of you shared personal stories with us, and we appreciate your willingness to offer your perspectives on the direction of the institute’s research.

As of the public comment closing date of August 15th, NIDCR received a total of 208 responses to the RFI from 180 unique respondents. 

For each priority area we received the following number of responses:
Oral Health + Overall Health       165       
Precision Oral Health                  114       
Regenerative Medicine                91         
Health Disparities                        104       
Diverse Workforce                       91

Comments came from a diverse set of contributors: 
40% were in academia/research; 20% were patients and patient advocates; 8% were affiliated with non-profit/advocacy groups; 4% were in government and 3% were in industry. (24% did not provide an affiliation or replied other.)

We appreciate your feedback and are taking it into consideration as we move forward with our 2020-2025 strategic plan. 

Thank you again.

Last Reviewed
September 2019