Part of the National Institutes of Health, NIDCR is the Federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases. Scientists supported by NIDCR use modern biomedical and behavioral research tools to conduct research on the full spectrum of topics related to diseases and conditions that fall within the Institute’s mission.
In efforts to improve dental, oral, and craniofacial health, NIDCR prioritizes scientific opportunities on the basis of their potential impact to improve health, the readiness of the scientific community to accomplish them, and their alignment with the Institute’s mission.
Figure 2. NIDCR FY 2013 Funding Distribution by Mechanism
Figure 2 shows the proportion of NIDCR spending across the various funding mechanisms during Fiscal Year 2013 (total of $387 million), with the majority of the budget used to fund research project grants.