Faculty Research Funding

It is our goal for you to transcend the research application process to become a funded researcher.

 
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Timeline for preparing a Proposal

Many different types of organizations are funding research today—foundations, industry, government, and even other academic institutions. They each have specific guidelines for proposal submissions and expectations for their dollars. Successful investigators need the support of their college and avail themselves of the resources and infrastructure in place at UK. 
 
 
The College of Dentistry and University are obligated to review all proposals before they are sent to sponsors. For example, a sponsor may request financial or intellectual concessions that a public institution is unable to agree to providing, or facilities and administrative costs (F&A) might be omitted, which can have financial repercussions for the college.
 
The principle investigator must provide needed information to the college's grant officier (CGO) six days prior to the sponsor's deadline in order to initiate the Electronic Internal Approval Form (eIAF). Next, the final proposal must be submitted to the UK Office of Sponsored Projects Administration (OSPA) three days prior to the sponsor's deadline. Failure to meet these deadlines may result in your proposal being late. Regardless of the extramural sponsor, these deadlines apply.
 
 
2021 NIH deadlines
 

Resources

Funding Oppourtunties

Internal 

University of Kentucky CCTS Small Grants
Sponsor: UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)
Amount: up to $5,000
Deadline: Rolling 
Description: Small grants of up to $5000 are available to help strengthen applications for extramural research grants (for example, NIH R or K-awards or awards from private foundations). These grants are limited to six months in duration. This mechanism will not fund clinical trials (NIH definition). Emphasis is given to applications that promote translational research on human conditions and involve a clinician in the investigating team (i.e. physician, nurse, pharmacist, clinical social worker, etc.). More information, Joel Thompson, Email: joel.thompson@uky.edu
Website for more information 

Research

Increasing Uptake of Evidence-Based Screening in Diverse Adult Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.
Deadline: Cycle I Feb 5, 2021 5:00pm, Cycle 2 June 5, 2021, Cycle 3 November 5, 2021
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications that seek to understand strategies to reduce disparities in the uptake of evidence-based screening (e.g. screening recommendations proven to be effective based on rigorous systematic review of scientific evidence by authoritative committees) across the adult lifespan. In this program announcement, screening is defined as a preventive service focused on detection of an undiagnosed disease in asymptomatic populations. Research supported by this initiative should enhance the screening process related to use: (1) in diverse populations, (2) in diverse clinical and community settings, and/or (3) with traditional, non-traditional and/or allied health care providers. The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.
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Notice of Special Interest: Health Services Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01- Clinical Trial Optional)
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.
Deadline: Cycle I Feb 5, 2021 5:00pm, Cycle 2 June 5, 2021, Cycle 3 November 5, 2021
Description: The purpose of this Notice of Special Interest is to encourage innovative health services research that can directly and demonstrably contribute to the improvement of minority health and/or the reduction of health disparities at the health care system-level as well as within clinical settings. See additional details in the notice. The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.
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American Academy of Implant Dentistry Foundation (AAIDF) Large Research Grants: AAIDF funds up to four research grants from $10,000 to $25,000. These grants are awarded to faculty, clinicians, or researchers in the field of implant dentistry. The grants are evaluated and funded based on the proposal’s scientific nature and ability to advance the art and science of implant dentistry. This application opened on March 16, 2020. The application deadline for clinical grants is July 15, 2021. The Large Research Grant application can be found here

Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) [if you have an interest in this sector of the population]
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research
Deadline: Standard dates (February 5, June 5, October 5 until January 8, 2021)
Amount: Not limited but needs to reflect scope of project; up to five years.
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage applications that employ innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behavior(s) in children and youth (birth to age 18). Positive health behaviors may include: developing healthy sleep patterns, developing effective self-regulation strategies, adaptive decision-making in risk situations, practicing proper dental hygiene, eating a balanced and nutritious diet, engaging in age-appropriate physical activity and/or participating in healthy relationships. Topics to be addressed in this announcement include: effective, sustainable processes for influencing young people to make healthy behavior choices; identification of the appropriate stage of influence for learning sustainable lifelong health behaviors; the role of technology and new media in promoting healthy behavior; identification of factors that support healthy behavior development in vulnerable populations; and, identification of mechanisms and mediators that are common to the development of a range of habitual health behaviors. Given the many factors involved in developing sustainable health behaviors, applications from multidisciplinary team that include nurse scientists are strongly encouraged. The goal of this FOA is to promote research that identifies and enhances processes that promote sustainable positive behavior or changes social and cultural norms that influence health and future health behaviors.  Note: companion FOA for an R21.
Website for more information.

Biological Factors Underlying Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Health Disparities (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) 
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Deadline: Standard dates (February 5, June 5, October 5 until September 8, 2021)
Amount: Not limited but needs to reflect scope of project; up to five years.
Description: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support investigator-initiated studies designed to identify and understand biologic factors (microbial, immune, genetic) that contribute to disparities in dental, oral, and craniofacial disease onset, progression, and persistence. Note: companion FOA for an R21.
Website for more information.

Technologies

Advancing Imaging, Device Production, and Clinical Capabilities in Digital Dentistry (R41/R42 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) 
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Deadline: Standard dates (April 5, September 5, January 5 until September 6, 2021)
Amount: Phase I - $150,000 for 1 year and Phase 2 - $1,000,000 for 2 years.
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages innovation, optimization and customization of core technologies in digital dentistry that improve efficiency of oral healthcare delivery, effectiveness of clinical decision-making and outcomes of treatments associated with dental, oral and craniofacial (DOC) tissues. Among the areas of interest of this FOA are development of digital imaging and image processing capabilities for dental radiology, and the integration of 3-dimensional (3D) additive manufacturing (e.g., 3D printing) with imaging tools. This FOA also supports efforts to develop, integrate, adapt, optimize, and validate new and existing dental materials designed for additive manufacturing approaches in the repair, replacement and restoration of DOC tissues. Note: This also has a companion FOA for an R41/R42.
Website for more information.

Community Health

DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement
Sponsor: DentaQuest Foundation
Amount: No limit. Funding requested 
Deadline: New proposal concepts: Open and Rolling submissions beginning March 2021
Description: The DentaQuest Partnership is committed to making investments that improve and strengthen the systems that create better oral health for all. Guided by a vision of a community where everyone has equitable access to the knowledge, support, and resources to attain optimal oral health, and by a systems change framework that informs the strategies we employ to achieve the outcomes that will move us toward realizing this vision. One of our theories of change is that it is necessary to target multiple systems that affect optimal oral health outcomes, including: Policy, Funding, Care, and Community.
 
Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) Program
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
Amount: The applicant organization will receive up to $125,000 for each team’s specific research project, including $25,000 per year per fellow. After the fellowship begins, funds up to $15,000 per year will be available from the national program center to the community partner’s employer, sponsoring institution, or another community organization directly involved in the research project.
Deadline: May 5, 2021
Description: Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) is a three-year national leadership development program that aims to foster and support new interdisciplinary, action-oriented research collaborations. Achieving health equity—especially for communities of color, those in low socioeconomic positions, and Native populations—is a core value of the program. The aim for the 2021 IRL program is to generate high-quality, community-engaged research useful for dismantling structural racism and improving health and health equity. Structural racism is manifested in policies, practices, and programs in ways that segregate populations based on race and ethnicity, and create barriers to social opportunity and upward mobility. There is an urgent need to identify solutions for eliminating and reversing the devastating effects of structural racism. For the 2021 cohort, we will select up to 15 teams of three midcareer individuals each (two researchers and a community partner) from diverse disciplinary backgrounds or scientific perspectives. 
Applicants are strongly encouraged to propose scientific research that reveals actionable solutions for improving the health of populations through public or private sector policy and/or programs. Achieving health equity—especially for communities of color; those in low socioeconomic positions; and Native populations—is a core value of the program. To support these objectives, IRL prioritizes credible action-oriented research. The overall theme for the 2021 IRL CFA is structural racism and health. Applicants should focus on one of the two subthemes: 1) Structural racism in health care;  2) Structural racism and community health and well-being. Email: ResearchLeaders@umn.edu
 
Foundation Grant Program
Sponsor: ADEAGies Foundation
Amount: up to 25,000 USD
Deadline: LOI accepted on rolling basis with 45 day window for notification of invitation to submit full proposal. Funding decisions made in September. 
Description: The Foundation awards the majority of its grants to dental, allied dental and advanced dental educators, students and leaders advancing research, programs and special initiatives that:
1. Support educational and research development in academic dentistry: Study and strengthen dental education as part of higher education systems; Encourage the development of full-time faculty in leadership, teaching and research; Enhance the capacity of academic dental institutions to conduct oral health-related research; Evaluate and develop innovative dental education curricula to meet the changing environments in dental education and research; Research and develop strategies to improve the role of academic dental institutions in ensuring access to oral health care for all, especially the underserved; Assess and develop programs to promote professional ethics, social responsibility, a diverse workforce, cultural competence and values that sustain the profession for the public good.
2. Encourage lifelong learning: Understand the dental professions and their relationship to society and develop educational programs for dentists in collaboration with other health professionals interested in oral health (medicine and public health); Contribute to the funding of continuing dental education program speakers for dental professionals.
3. Recognize and support: Quality journalism in dental literature; Scientific achievement within the recognized dental specialties; Student achievement in service, oral health education or research.
 
The AGD Foundation Grant Program
Sponsor: Academy of General Dentistry Foundation
Amount: The amount of funding for grants will vary from year to year, as will the number of grants awarded. 
Deadline: December 1, 2021 (anticipated)
Description: The AGD Foundation Grant Program offers support to AGD constituents and nonprofit community-based out-reach programs in the U.S. and Canada that provide complimentary programs that promote oral cancer aware- ness, education, and/or screening that is independent of standard dental practice. AGD constituencies are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact the AGD Foundation at foundation@agd.org.

 

Fellowships
Bud and Linda Tarrson Fellowship
Sponsor: American Academy of Periodontology Foundation
Amount: $30,000 award ($10,000 per year, for up to 3 years)
Deadline: May 1, 2021
Description: The American Academy of Periodontology Foundation is accepting applications for the Bud and Linda Tarrson Fellowship. The fellowship is an award for periodontists pursuing academic careers. The award is not intended to replace support that would normally have been provided by the recipient's institution. Candidates for the Fellowship must be either a full-time faculty member at the instructor or assistant level or a part-time faculty member. The candidate must be affiliated for 10 years or less with a degree-granting institution, and their career goal must be teaching and research in periodontology. Applications will be accepted only from candidates at U.S. institutions.
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