The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking the input of the extramural scientific community, interested organizations, and the public to assist it in identifying “topical themes for development into research initiatives.” According to NIDCR Director Martha Somerman, as part of its budget planning process, the Institute begins its “initiative development process each year by identifying broad research topic areas, or themes.” FY 2018 themes include:
- Immunotherapy for Head and Neck Cancers
- Implementation Science and Oral Health
- Oral HIV Vaccine-induced Immunity
- Craniofacial Bones and the Nervous System
- The Oral Microbiome and HIV
The social and behavioral science community is strongly encouraged to provide input and suggestions to the Institute as the above research areas may hold potential opportunity for further incorporation of behavioral and social science research into NIDCR’s portfolio. The proposed FY 2018 initiatives will be integrated into the Institute’s research portfolio as they are considered for funding, Somerman noted. She cautioned, however, that the identified “initiatives are not a complete picture of the Institute’s planned research portfolio for the year indicated, nor do they signal that themes highlighted the previous year have been abandoned.” Some of the FY 2017 initiatives have become formal funding opportunities and other proposed initiatives “are still under development.” Comments and/or suggestions are due September 9, 2016.