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 provide trainees with a robust curriculum of study and research experiences that will facilitate development toward independent research careers, and 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
The NIDCR also has added an additional component to provide research training opportunities for non-US citizen, foreign-trained dentists:
- Provide support for PhD and/or postdoctoral training for non-US citizen dentists.