The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation's leading supporter of dental, oral, and craniofacial research. The Institute distributes approximately 80 percent of its funding to grantees at universities, dental schools, and medical schools, primarily in the United States. NIDCR also conducts research in its own laboratories and clinic, supports research training, and promotes the timely transfer of knowledge gained from research to scientists, health professionals, patients, and the general public.

For more information about NIDCR, visit our website and the NIH Almanac.


About NIDCR 2030

Launched by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in March 2017, NIDCR 2030 is a strategic visioning initiative designed to advance dental, oral, and craniofacial research over the next 15 years. In 2030, we imagine a world where dental, oral, and craniofacial health and disease are understood in the context of the whole body, and research transforms how we promote health, treat disease, and overcome health disparities, so all people have the opportunity to lead healthy lives. To achieve what we’ve imagined, the Institute obtained and continues to seek input from researchers, faculty, students, healthcare providers, professional and nonprofit organizations, industry representatives, government officials, patients, and other community members.

Hundreds of research ideas and comments are archived on the NIDCR 2030 website, under the five goal areas:

  • Oral Health + Overall Health
  • Precision Health
  • Autotherapies
  • Oral Biodevices
  • Workforce Diversity

    In response to exciting ideas submitted to NIDCR 2030, the Institute is identifying topical themes for development into symposia and workshops, research initiatives and communications of our ongoing research. Proposed research initiatives are posted for comment, along with announcements of upcoming symposia and workshops. Stay tuned to this website for updates.


    Research Initiatives

    Initiatives are vehicles used by NIH Institutes and Centers to communicate future research goals to NIH, the Department of Health and Human Services, and Congress. NIDCR begins the initiative development process each year by identifying broad research topic areas, or themes. We then develop a specific initiative proposal for each theme, taking into consideration the input received from the public. Please submit comments related to proposed research initiatives only. Initiatives in other topic areas will be posted for public comment once they are developed.

    Please note: When identifying themes for potential funding initiatives, NIDCR takes many factors into account. These factors include: scientific opportunity, robustness of the existing portfolio in a particular theme area—both currently and in the year under consideration—and the current budgetary climate. Click here for more information on research initiatives.


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