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Funding Mechanisms

NIDCR provides the following types of grant funding:

Activity Code Title & Description
F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship for Students at Institutions With NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs (Parent F30)
Provides support to students pursuing both DDS/DMD and PhD degrees. An annual stipend and partial tuition are provided. Additional funds are available for other training-related expenses. Applicants must be enrolled in a DDS/DMD program at an accredited U.S. dental school and accepted in a related scientific PhD (or equivalent degree) program. Students attending any accredited U.S. dental school may apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents at the time of award.​
​F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship for Students at Institutions Without NIH-Funded Institutional Predoctoral Dual-Degree Training Programs (Parent F30)​
Provides support to students pursuing both DDS/DMD and PhD degrees. An annual stipend and partial tuition are provided. Additional funds are available for other training-related expenses. Applicants must be enrolled in a DDS/DMD program at an accredited U.S. dental school and accepted in a related scientific PhD (or equivalent degree) program. Students attending any accredited U.S. dental school may apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents at the time of award.​
F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (Parent F31)
Provides a maximum of five years support to promising doctoral candidates conducting dissertation research in biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research areas relevant to the scientific mission of NIDCR
F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity)
Provides a maximum of five years support to students pursuing a PhD degree.
F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (Parent F32)
Provides up to three years support for trainees at academic institutions to broaden their scientific background or extend their potential for research in health-related areas.
F33 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Awards (NRSA) for Individual Senior Fellows (Parent F33)
Provides health research training for experienced scientists, enabling them to update their skills or make changes in the direction of their career. Support may be requested for up to two years.
​K01 ​​NIDCR Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Diversity in the Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research Workforce (K01)
Provides salary support and “protected time” (3-5 years) for postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty members who are from groups underrepresented in the basic and clinical biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences. Award provide protected time to pursue mentored research training and career development leading to research independence.
​K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (Parent K01)
Provides salary support and “protected time” (3-5 years) for an intensive research career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence. NIDCR uses the K01 to support re-entry of individuals into the dental, oral and craniofacial research workforce whose active careers have been interrupted by family responsibilities or other qualifying circumstances.
K02 Independent Scientist Award (K02)
Provides up to five years support to newly independent scientists who have a concurrent R01 award.
K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08)
Encourages dentists or other clinicians to pursue a career in oral health research. The prospective candidate must have a D.D.S./D.M.D., M.D. or other clinical doctoral degree, and be willing to spend a minimum of 75 percent of full-time professional effort conducting research.
K18 Short-term mentored Career Enhancement Award in Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research for Mid-Career and Senior Investigators (K18)
Supports short-term training in the theories, tools, methods or approaches in behavioral and social sciences and genetic and genomic research in order to either (a) enrich an investigator’s existing dental, oral and craniofacial research program; or (b) to facilitate the introduction of dental, oral and craniofacial research into an investigator’s existing research program. Salary and fringe benefits are provided. Additional funds are available for other training related expenses.
K22 NIDCR Dentist Scientist Career Transition Award for Intramural Investigators (K22)
Provides dentists in NIH Intramural postdoctoral fellowship positions with an opportunity to receive further mentored intramural postdoctoral training for up to 2 years; individuals may then request up to 3 years of support to conduct research as an independent scientist at an extramural institution/organization to which the individual has been recruited as a tenure-track (or equivalent) full-time assistant professor(or equivalent).
K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23)
Supports three to five years of supervised study for clinically trained professionals with a doctoral degree to pursue training in patient-oriented research.
K25 Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award (K25)
Supports career development of investigators with quantitative scientific and engineering backgrounds outside of biology or medicine who wish to focus their research on behavioral, basic or clinical biomedical research.
​K43 Emerging Global Leader Award (K43)
Provides salary support and “protected time” (3-5 years) to a research scientist from a low- or middle-income country (LMIC) with a junior faculty position at an LMIC institution for an intensive, mentored research career development experience that is expected to lead to research independence.  NIDCR is interested a research focus on dental, oral, or craniofacial conditions.
K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence (PI) Award (K99/R00)
See also New Investigators Program web page.
 K99/R00 NIDCR Dual Degree Dentist-Scientist Pathway to Independence Award
For dentist-scientists possessing both a DDS/DMD clinical degree and a PhD (or equivalent) research degree. Enables promising dentist-scientists to receive both mentored postdoctoral training and independent research support from the same award.
L30/40 Loan Repayment Programs (for Clinical Research and Pediatric Research)
Meant to attract talented health professionals to careers in clinical, health disparity, pediatric, or contraceptive and infertility research. In exchange for a two-year commitment to a research career, NIH will repay up to $35,000 per year of qualified educational debt, pay an additional 39% of the repayments to cover Federal taxes, and may reimburse any state taxes that result from these benefits.
R01 Research Project Grants
Support a discrete, specified project performed by an investigator in an area of specific interest and competency. See also NIDCR's Current Funding Opportunities and the NIH Research Project Grant Program R01.
R03 NIDCR Small Grant Program for New Investigators (R03)
Support for scientists who are in the early stages of establishing an independent research career in oral, dental, and craniofacial research. Budgets for direct costs of up to $150,000 over a two-year period may be requested.  See NIDCR's Current Funding Opportunities
R03 Small Research Grants
Provide up to two years support for scientists in the following areas: 

NIDCR Small Research Grants for Oral Health Data Analysis and Statistical Methodology Development (R03)

NIDCR Small Research Grants for Data Analysis and Statistical Methodology applied to Genome wide Data (R03)
R13 NIDCR Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (R13/U13)
Support for conferences, workshops and scientific meetings in areas related to the NIDCR mission.
See also Research Conference Grants
R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award (Parent R15)
Support small-scale research projects conducted by faculty primarily in baccalaureate or advanced degree-granting domestic institutions.  Funding is available for up to three years for a total of $300,000 in direct costs over the total award period. 
R21 Exploratory/Developmental Grants
Encourage development of new research activities in categorical program areas. Support generally is restricted in time and level of support.  See also NIDCR's Current Funding Opportunities
R34 Clinical Trial Planning Grants
Clinical Trial Planning Grants support the development of Phase III clinical trials, including the establishment of the research team, the development of tools for data management and oversight of the research, the definition of recruitment strategies, and the finalization of the protocol and other essential elements of the study included in a manual of operations/procedures.  
R41 Small Business Technology Transfer Grants (STTR)-Phase I
Support cooperative R&D projects between small businesses and research institutions. The grants, limited in time and amount, establish the technical merit and feasibility of ideas that have potential for commercialization. Awards are made to small business concerns only.  See also NIDCR's Current Funding Opportunities
R42 Small Business Technology Transfer Grants (STTR)-Phase 2
Support in-depth development of cooperative R&D projects between small businesses and research institutions. The grants are limited in time and amount. They fund projects whose feasibility was established in Phase I, and which have potential for commercialization. Awards are made to small business concerns only.   See also NIDCR's Current Funding Opportunities
R43 Small Business Innovative Research Grants (SBIR)- Phase I
Support projects, limited in time and amount, to establish the technical merit and feasibility of R&D ideas that may lead to a commercial product or service.  See also NIDCR's Current Funding Opportunities
R44 Small Business Innovation Research Grants (SBIR) - Phase II
Support in-depth development of R&D ideas whose feasibility was established in Phase I and which are likely to result in commercial products or services. SBIR Phase II are considered Fast-Track and do not require Council review.  See also NIDCR's Current Funding Opportunities
U01 Research Project--Cooperative Agreements
Set up an assistance relationship between NIH and the award recipient for projects similar to grants in which NIH acts as a partner in the research effort.
See the NIDCR Clinical Trial Implementation or Biomarker Clinical Evaluation Study Cooperative Agreement (U01)
U54 Specialized Center-Cooperative Agreement
Supports research and development from basic to clinical, including ancillary supportive activities that create a multidisciplinary focus on a disease or a biomedical problem. Centers may also serve as regional or national resources for special research purposes.  See also NIDCR's Current Funding Opportunities
Y01 Interagency Agreement
Transfers funds from NIH to a federal organization outside the Department of Health and Human Services to acquire specific products, services, or studies.  
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This page last updated: August 29, 2016