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NIDCR Institutional Research Training Programs (T32, T90/R90) & K12 Institutional DSPP Programs

NIDCR Institutional T32 and T90/R90 training programs provide long-term research training experiences for student and postdoctoral scientists seeking to develop independent research careers in dental, oral, and craniofacial research. NIDCR has a new Institutional K12 career development award to support a combined Dental Specialty and PhD Program (DSPP) for early career dentists seeking to develop clinical and research expertise to foster a research career focusing on improving dental, oral and craniofacial health.

NIDCR T32 and T90/R90 training programs funded under PAR-15-102 (T32) and PAR-15-101,T90/R90 provide support to institutions to encourage innovative and novel research training opportunities for individuals interested in pursuing independent research careers in dental, oral, and craniofacial research. The training programs provide students and postdoctoral trainees with a robust curriculum of study, programmatic activities and research experiences that will facilitate development toward independent research careers. 

The T32 and T90 component of the paired T90/R90 program are Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) programs, which support U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or non-citizen nationals. The R90 component of the T90/R90 supports research education opportunities for non-US citizen, foreign-trained dentists.  

Individual Institutional T32 and T90 Training grants include one or a combination of the following research training opportunities: 

  • Predoctoral dual degree DDS/DMD and PhD degree research training (Dental-Scientist Training Program, DSTP)
  • Predoctoral PhD research training
  • Postdoctoral research training for dentists leading to the PhD or equivalent research degree, or leading to the Masters in Clinical Research degree
  • Postdoctoral research training for dentist scientists or individuals with another clinical doctoral degree (e.g., MD, DVM, DO, OD, PharmD, ND)
  • Postdoctoral research training for non-clinician PhD scientists, including oral pathobiology training 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 R90 component of T90/R90 programs provides: 

  • Postdoctoral research training for non-US citizen dentists, which may lead the PhD or equivalent research degree. 

See Current Institutional Training Programs for the contact information of the training grant program director and a brief description of each T32 and T90/R90 program. Dual degree students, PhD students and postdoctoral scientists should contact the training director at the institution(s) they are interested in to inquire about available opportunities. 

NIDCR Institutional K12 Dental Specialty and PhD Programs (DSPP)

Funded under RFA-DE-18-012, The NIDCR Dental Specialty and PhD Program (DSPP) supports institutional research career development (K12) programs that propose to develop outstanding clinician scientists (K12 “Scholars”) through an integrated program of advanced clinical training in a recognized dental specialty and supervised research training leading to a PhD in biomedical or behavioral science, or in another field applicable to dental, oral and craniofacial research. The combined program is expected to accelerate the process of early career dentist scientists in achieving competencies in both clinical and research areas and facilitate the transition to an independent and productive research career dedicated to improving dental, oral and craniofacial health.  Eligible Scholars must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or non-citizen nationals. This program allows the appointment of Scholars proposing to gain research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor, as part of their research and career development experience. 

See Current NIDCR Institutional K12 NIDCR Dental Specialty and PhD Programs (DSPP) for the contact information of the DSPP program and a brief description of the dental specialty and research training opportunities offered by each K12 DSPP.Dentists interested in a program should contact the program director or other designated individual at the institution(s) to inquire about available opportunities. 

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Institutional Training and Research Education Funding Opportunity Announcements

NIDCR Institutional T32 PAR-20-044 and T90/R90 PAR-20-056 Funding Opportunity Announcements

The NIDCR will award Institutional Training Grants (T32, T90/R90) to eligible, domestic institutions to enhance predoctoral and postdoctoral research training to ensure a diverse and highly qualified workforce is available to address the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research agenda. NIDCR seeks to support research training programs that incorporate didactic, research, and career development components to prepare a diverse cadre of individuals for careers as independent scientists that will have a significant impact on the dental, oral, and craniofacial health-related research needs of the Nation.

Only one application in response to PAR-20-044 (T32) or PAR-20-056 (T90/R90) is allowed.

PAR-20-044 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Training for a Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research Workforce (T32)
The NIDCR Institutional T32 award supports predoctoral and postdoctoral research training for US citizens and permanent residents.

PAR-20-056  Institutional Training for a Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research Workforce (T90/R90 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The NIDCR Institutional T90/R90 award: the T90 component supports predoctoral and postdoctoral research training for US citizens and permanent residents; the R90 component provides postdoctoral research education for noncitizen dentist scientists.

Institutional Research Training Programs in Low-and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)

The NIH Fogarty International Center (FIC ) invites applications for research training programs from low- and middle-income country (LMIC) institution(s) with existing research and research training capacity in chronic, non-communicable diseases and disorders (NCDs). LMICs are defined by the World Bank classification system. NIDCR’s participation in these programs is to encourage applications that develop research capacity to improve dental, oral, and craniofacial health across the lifespan.

Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Award (NCD-LIFESPAN) (D43 Clinical Trial Optional) PAR-18-901

The D43 NCD-LIFESPAN) program encourages application for institutional research training programs in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs, as defined by the World Bank classification system). Applications may be for collaborations between institutions in the U.S and an eligible LMIC or may involve just LMIC institutions if there is a previous track record of externally funded research and/or research training programs by the lead LMIC institution. The proposed institutional research training program is expected to sustainably strengthen the NCD research capacity of the LMIC institutions, and to train in-country experts to develop and conduct research on NCDs across the lifespan, with the long-range goal of developing and implementing evidence-based interventions relevant to their countries. The main focus of research training covered in the application must be relevant to the interests of at least one of the participating NIH ICs as stated by each in this FOA. Other NCD topics may be included as secondary and complementary focus areas.  Research training may be offered at the masters, doctoral, professional degree and postdoctoral levels and for short-term training to a wide range of scientists, including but not limited to laboratory and field scientists, social scientists, clinicians and other health professionals, as well as non-health academics and professionals who with training intend to use their expertise to address gaps in NCD research.October 29, 2018 - Notice of NIDCR Participation in PAR-18-901. See Notice NOT-DE-18-025.

Planning for Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Research Training Programs in Low and Middle Income Countries (D71) PAR-17-097

The D71 invites applications for one year of research training program planning from low- and middle-income country (LMIC) institution(s) with existing research and research training capacity in chronic, non-communicable diseases and disorders (NCDs). These institutions must propose to assess needs and develop a plan for a research training program within the LMIC(s) that will further strengthen the capacity of LMIC individuals, institution(s) and country(ies) to identify NCD priorities and conduct NCD research across the lifespan. The application from the LMIC institution(s) may include collaboration with United States (U.S) institutions and other LMIC institutions as justified and appropriate. October 29, 2018 - Notice of NIDCR Participation in PAR-17-097. See Notice NOT-DE-18-026.

NIDCR is interested in research training programs that develop research capacity to improve dental, oral, and craniofacial health across the lifespan.  NIDCR supports basic, translational, and clinical biomedical and behavioral research training in the following areas: dental caries and periodontal diseases; oral infections and host-responses to oral infections; head and neck cancers; dental and craniofacial development; orofacial pain and other oral sensory and motor dysfunctions; salivary glands and disorders, Sjögren's Syndrome, immune dysfunctions in the oral cavity; population-based, oral health promotion and disease prevention; and restoration and regeneration of dental, oral and craniofacial structures. Focus of research training topics in LMICs include, but are not limited to: addressing disparities in access to oral health care; prevention,  early detection and intervention relating to dental, oral and craniofacial diseases and disorders; development and application of genomics, bioinformatics, and computational biology expertise for basic and translational dental, oral, and craniofacial research; integration of oral health care into care for chronic, non-communicable diseases and disorders, and implementation science.

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Institutional Research Education

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) PAR-19-380 “Initiative to Maximize Research Education in Genomics:  Diversity Action Plan (R25)”

The overarching goal of the NHGRI Diversity Action Plan (DAP) R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral, social and clinical research workforce in genomics. This funding opportunity announcement seeks to expose students at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate levels who are from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups, to the foundational sciences relevant to genomics to enable them to pursue careers that span all areas of interest to NHGRI. November 6, 2019 - Notice of NIDCR Participation in PAR-19-380. See Notice NOT-DE-19-019.

The NIDCR is interested in applications that enhance the diversity of the NIDCR dental, oral and craniofacial (DOC) research workforce in areas of genomics, genetics, bioinformatics, data science, and in the ethical and social impact of these research activities. NIDCR interests include exposing students at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate levels who are from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups, to the foundational sciences relevant to DOC genomics to enable them to pursue careers in areas that are relevant to the NIDCR mission and Strategic Plan.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Drs. King and Wang to discuss the relevance of proposed research topic(s).

Lynn Mertens King, PhD
Research Training and Career Development Branch
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Telephone: 301-594-5006
Email: lynn.king@nih.gov

Lu Wang, PhD
Translational Genomics Research Branch
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Telephone: (301) 594-4846
Email: wanglu@mail.nih.gov

NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Education Program on Translational Devices (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) RFA-NS-20-003

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on: Courses for Skills Development. This FOA invites applications to develop and implement a short course focused on (1) steps required for successful neural medical device development and translation, (2) common technical and strategic challenges, and (3) best-practices and resources for each stage in the process. Applicants may choose to include a plan for extended engagement opportunities for participants to continue to interact with and obtain guidance from faculty members after the conclusion of the course. The short course should address a broad audience, including senior post-doctoral fellows, independent academic researchers, clinician scientists, and small business entrepreneurs interested in developing and translating medical devices to diagnose or treat a nervous system disorder.

This FOA is an initiative of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, a consortium of 14 NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs), including NIDCR, who support neuroscience research. By pooling resources and expertise, the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research takes advantage of economies of scale, confronts challenges too large for any single IC, and develops research tools and infrastructure that serve the entire neuroscience community.

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Last Reviewed
December 2019