The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to expand and strengthen the community of investigators engaged in research on temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJDs) and orofacial pain. An increase in the number of well-trained researchers is necessary to reach a critical mass of scientists with contemporary multidisciplinary expertise who will be able to leverage recent advances in genetics, bio-engineering, and bio-behavioral research in order to enhance patient treatment and to advance scientific momentum in the field. The objectives of this FOA are to 1) increase the number of basic and clinical investigators who are trained in the sciences relevant to TMJD or orofacial pain research, 2) facilitate and improve the mentoring of this new group of scientists, 3) bring new scientific expertise to TMJD and orofacial pain research. The expected outcomes of this Initiative will be 1) an increase in the number of TMJD/orofacial pain research leaders who will apply for and obtain independent funding support, and 2) an increased number of multidisciplinary research teams led by junior investigators or, investigators new to the TMJD and orofacial pain fields.
Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number of NIH IPF number) is allowed.
Institutions with existing programs must explain what distinguishes this program from the others, how their programs will synergize with one another, if applicable, and make it clear that the pool of faculty, potential scholars, and resources are robust enough to support additional programs.
In FY 2012, the NIDCR intends to commit $1,000,000 for approximately 2-3 awards. Application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect actual needs of the proposed project. This application is subject to the NIH’s policy regarding applications or a group of collaborative applications requesting $500,000 or more in subtotal direct costs for any year. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this funding opportunity may not exceed 5 years.
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