2020 - 2025 NIDCR Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan On Hold

Because Dr. Martha Somerman retired as NIDCR’s director effective December 31, 2019 (read her statement here), NIDCR has decided to pause the release of its 2020-2025 strategic plan. We greatly appreciate the feedback we received on the direction of the Institute’s research and want to assure you that your comments and suggestions will be taken into consideration as we move forward once a new director is in place.

Where We Began

In 2017, NIDCR launched NIDCR 2030, a visioning initiative in which we imagined a future where dental, oral, and craniofacial 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. 

The NIDCR strategic plan 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.
The NIDCR 2030 visioning initiative 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.


To this end, NIDCR released a Request for Information (RFI) published on July 10, 2019. The purpose of the RFI was to solicit feedback on the five priority areas and goals and suggest specific initiatives, programs, or research questions to accomplish the goal and metrics to measure progress.

What We Learned

As of the public comment closing date of August 15th, 2019, 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:

Priority Area 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.

Thank you

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

Last Reviewed
March 2020