Tuesday National Organization Roundtable Topics (By Invitation Only)
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is one of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) 27 Institutes and Centers. The majority of NIDCR’s budget supports research at universities, dental schools, medical schools, and small businesses across the country. NIDCR places a priority on research that aims to eliminate dental, oral, and craniofacial disparities/inequities, and devotes one of its four strategic goals to this concern. The NIDCR Health Disparities Research Program supports research to: provide a better understanding of the basis of health disparities and inequities; develop and test interventions aimed to improve the oral health status of vulnerable and underserved populations; and explore approaches to the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based tools and interventions. NIDCR provides funding for health disparities research to early stage investigators, established investigators, and those interested in research training/career development. All applications for research funding must come in through a specific Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Various FOAs are available for investigators interested in health disparities research. Information on current FOAs and the NIH grants process can be found on the newly re-designed NIDCR website, along with research training opportunities, science news, and health information on a wide variety of oral health promotion and disease prevention topics. At the conclusion of the roundtable, participants will understand: 1) NIDCR’s research goal to address health disparities and inequities, 2) available funding opportunities, 3) the NIH grants process, and 4) oral health information and other resources available on NIDCR’s website.