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.
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What are 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.
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.
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