NIH GUIDE, Volume 22, Number 24, July 2, 1993

P.T. 34



  Biomedical Research, Multidiscipl 

National Institute of Dental Research

The purpose of this notice is to announce a postponement by one year

in issuing a Request for Applications (RFA) for Institutional Dentist

Scientist Awards (DSA, K16).  The RFA will be issued in early summer,

1994.  This postponement will allow consideration of numerous policy

issues affecting the DSA program and the related National Research

Service Award program.

The existing DSA programs will complete their project periods on June

30, 1995.  Normally, recompetition of this program would require an

RFA to be issued in early summer 1993, review of applications by the

initial review group and National Advisory Dental Research Council

(NADRC) in the spring of 1994, recruitment of appointees in the fall

of 1994, and awards made on July 1, 1995.  This schedule will be

delayed by one year.  Appointees on existing programs will be

supported for the duration of their five-year programs, as agreed to


Reports are pending from the National Research Council's Committee on

National Needs for Biomedical and Behavioral Research Personnel, and

from the Task Force on Clinical Research in Dentistry, Institute of

Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. Recommendations from these

reports and from the Dental Research Programs Advisory Committee, the

NADRC, and other advisory groups to the NIDR, including the program

directors of existing DSA programs, need to be evaluated and

integrated to ensure that the training and career development

programs are designed to address the mission of the NIDR in the most

effective way possible. Postponement of the RFA for the recompetition

of the DSA programs will allow time for consideration of many policy

issues affecting the DSA programs and permit incorporation of

modifications to improve their effectiveness.  The NIDR remains

committed to continued support for the DSA programs.  Applications

for Individual Dentist Scientist Awards (K15) and for Physician

Scientist Awards for Dentists (K11) will continue to be accepted in

the usual way.


Inquiries concerning this notice may be addressed to:

Thomas M. Valega, Ph.D.

Special Assistant for Manpower Development and Training

National Institute of Dental Research

Westwood Building, Room 503

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 594-7617

FAX:  (301) 594-7616


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