NIDCR SCHOLAR DEVELOPMENT AND FACULTY TRANSITION AWARD (K22)

Release date:  May 24, 2000

PA NUMBER:  PAR-00-097 (New applications will no longer be accepted after 2/1/06.
                        Revised applications will not be accepted after 3/1/06,
                        see NOT-DE-06-001)
                       (see policy update, NOT-DE-05-002)

Expiration Date: May 24, 2003

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

PURPOSE

The purpose of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research 
(NIDCR) Scholar Development and Faculty Transition Award is to enable 
promising new researchers to obtain additional mentored postdoctoral research 
experience and to secure a tenure line (or equivalent) position at a U.S. 
academic institution.  This award has two phases--a Scholar Development Phase 
and a Faculty Transition Phase.  The Scholar Development Phase provides the 
necessary resources to support mentored postdoctoral research training in an 
extramural or a National Institutes of Health (NIH) intramural laboratory for 
up to three years.  The Faculty Transition Phase will fund the awardee’s 
extramural research program for up to four years at an institution to which 
she/he has been recruited on a tenure line (or equivalent).  The total number 
of years for both phases of the award cannot exceed five.  Applicants may 
apply for both phases or for the Faculty Transition Phase only.  It is 
anticipated that awardees will subsequently obtain a research project grant 
(R01) to support the continuation of their research.

HEALTHY PEOPLE 2010

The Public Health Service (PHS) is committed to achieving the health 
promotion and disease prevention objectives of "Healthy People 2010," a PHS 
led national activity for setting priority areas. This Program Announcement 
(PA), Title of PA, is related to one or more of the priority areas. Potential 
applicants may obtain a copy of "Healthy People 2010" at 
http://www.health.gov/healthypeople/.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Individuals who apply to this program must: (1) have obtained a doctoral 
degree (DDS/DMD, MD, DVM, PhD or equivalent), (2) have no more than five 
years postdoctoral experience at the time, if applying for both a Scholar 
Development and Faculty Transition Award, (3) have no more than six years 
postdoctoral experience at the time, if applying for only a Faculty 
Transition Award, (4) be in a postdoctoral (e.g., F32 award) or equivalent 
position (e.g., approved clinical residency or advanced specialty program, 
individual or program research career development award funded by the NIH) at 
the time of applying for either award, (5) be able to devote at least 75 
percent of time to research-related activities, (6) not be a principal 
investigator on R01, R21, R29 or sub-project of P grant, and (7) be a U.S. 
citizen or noncitizen national, or must have been lawfully admitted for 
permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt card (I-151 or 
I-155) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent citizen.  
Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.  

Postdoctoral fellows at the NIH who meet the requirements are eligible to 
apply, but must receive a letter of commitment from their intramural 
laboratory Branch Chief and Institute Scientific Director stating that full 
support for the Scholar Development Phase of the award will be borne by the 
sponsoring Institute. The level of support must be consistent with the terms 
of this program.

Members of underrepresented minority groups, women and persons with 
disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.  

All applicants are encouraged to contact NIDCR program staff listed under 
INQUIRIES regarding their eligibility for this award.

MECHANISM OF SUPPORT

The NIDCR Scholar Development and Faculty Transition Program will use the NIH 
Career Transition Award (K22).  Responsibility for the planning, direction, 
and execution of the proposed project will be solely that of the applicant.  
Awards are not renewable.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Background 

The NIDCR has expanded considerably its research programs in recent years.  
The expansion was highlighted in the Institute’s strategic plan, “Shaping the 
Future,” that was issued in 1997.  The programmatic organization of the NIDCR 
reflects this expansion and provides support for research in areas such as 
molecular medicine, bacterial genetics, oropharyngeal cancer and other 
neoplastic diseases of the head and neck, chronic disorders, managing the 
medically compromised patient, the link between oral and systemic health, 
craniofacial anomalies and injuries, infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS, 
biomaterials, biomimetics and tissue engineering.  In addition, growing 
efforts are being devoted to clinical, behavioral and health promotion 
activities and to the study of the factors responsible for the existence of 
health disparities among various segments of the population.  It is now 
recognized that, in most diseases, a number of diverse genetic, environmental 
and socioeconomic factors converge to disrupt health and that new research 
approaches which integrate various disciplines are required to effectively 
address the multifactorial nature of human disease.  These new approaches 
require a different and more diverse set of competencies in investigators who 
can interact in cross-disciplinary research teams to take advantage of the 
expanding opportunities in dental, craniofacial and oral health research.

Cognizant of these trends, the NIDCR initiated an in-depth review of its 
training and career development programs.  A Blue Ribbon Panel was appointed 
in 1999 to examine the evolving scientific opportunities as we approach the 
21st century and to identify the investigator competencies that will be 
required of those pursuing this area of biomedical research.  The entire 
report can be accessed at the following internet address: 
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/research/blueribbon/career_BRP.htm.  The conclusions 
of the Blue Ribbon Panel were discussed by the National Advisory Dental and 
Craniofacial Research Council (NADCRC) at the September, 1999 and January, 
2000 meetings.  The NADCRC emphasized the need for multidisciplinary 
programs, partnering within the Academic Health Centers, multiple career 
paths and choices, flexibility in training and a life-long career development 
continuum.  Based on the Blue Ribbon Panel report and NADCRC deliberations, 
an implementation plan was formulated.  The plan can be accessed on the 
internet through the NIDCR Extramural Research Training and Career 
Development page at 
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/research/blueribbon/impPlan_BRP.htm.     

Goals and Scope  

The NIDCR K22 award is intended specifically to help develop scientists who 
will pursue their careers in the extramural biomedical research community.  
The award will support two phases of research: a scholar development phase 
and a faculty transition phase.  Total combined support can be four or five 
years.  The program will begin with up to three years of support for the 
Scholar"s additional postdoctoral research training at either an extramural 
institution or in a NIH intramural research laboratory.  For those interested 
in coming to the NIDCR Division of Intramural Research for the scholar 
development phase of the K22, information about current research areas, 
senior scientists available to serve as mentors and structure of the Division 
can be obtained from the NIDCR Home Page at 
http://wwwdir.nidcr.nih.gov/dirweb/dirhome.htm. Individuals wishing to 
perform the scholar development phase at the NIDCR must contact and receive 
preliminary acceptance from Division of Intramural Research senior staff 
prior to submitting the K22 application.  However, final decision about the 
K22 award depends on review by and priority score received from the 
extramural initial peer review group. 

Transition to the Faculty Development phase is not automatic.  Approval of 
the transition will be based on (1) the success of the awardees’ research 
program as determined by a progress review conducted at the initial site of 
training no later than the start of the second year of the award, (2) the 
scholar’s obtaining a tenure line (or equivalent) at a U.S. academic 
institution, and (3) evaluation of the research plan to be conducted at the 
extramural institution where the grantee will be located.  An application 
from the extramural institution on behalf of the candidate will be required 
for the NIDCR to process the second phase of the K22.  The institution must 
demonstrate a commitment to the candidate by providing protected research 
time and space needed to perform the proposed research.  Matching funds from 
the institution for equipment and supplies (and salary if needed) are 
encouraged.  It is desirable, but not required, that the activated Faculty 
Transition Award be located at an institution different from the one in which 
the Scholar trained during the first phase of the K22 award.  A postdoctoral 
fellow who applies only for the Faculty Transition Award also is encouraged 
to move to another institution.  Awardees approved to proceed with the second 
phase of support will receive notification of approval in writing from the 
NIDCR.  

ALLOWABLE COSTS

1) Scholar Development Phase  

Extramural Scholar Development: Scholars in extramural institutions will be 
supported during the Scholar Development Phase by the K22 Award.  Up to 
$75,000 in salary plus fringe benefits will be provided for the K22 award 
recipient.  The total salary requested must be based on a full-time, 12-month 
staff appointment.  Salary of the Scholar must be commensurate with the level 
of training and experience of similar individuals in the host institution.  
There should be no less than 75 percent effort devoted by the awardee 
specifically to the proposed research program.  With adequate justification, 
the NIDCR will provide up to $25,000 per year for research expenses, such as 
supplies, equipment and technical personnel, tuition and fees, travel to 
research meetings, and statistical service, including personnel and computer 
time.  Salary for secretarial and administrative assistance is not allowed.  
The extramural institution will be reimbursed for Facilities and 
Administrative (F&A) costs at eight percent of modified total direct costs, 
or at the actual indirect cost rate, whichever is less.  
Intramural Scholar Development: Scholars in the NIH intramural program will 
be fully supported during the Scholar Development Phase by the NIH intramural 
laboratory in which the Scholar conducts her/his research. The final budget 
for this phase will be negotiated with the sponsoring intramural laboratory 
and will depend upon the nature and scope of the research as recommended by 
the peer review process.  There will be no extramural grant award associated 
with the intramural Scholar Development phase. Intramural Scholars are 
eligible to apply for all NIH intramural programs, such as the Loan Repayment 
Program.  Support for the Scholar will not be transferable to another NIH 
institute or to an extramural institution. 

2) Faculty Transition Phase

The budget for the Faculty Transition Phase may not exceed $125,000 per year 
in direct costs.  This includes salary, fringe benefits and research-related 
expenses.  Inflationary increases will be considered for future year budgets.  
Indirect costs will be reimbursed at eight percent of modified total direct 
costs or at the actual cost rate, whichever is less.  The duration of the 
Faculty Transition Phase will be up to four years and will depend upon how 
many years of support were received for the Scholar Development Phase.

At the extramural institution, the salary paid must be commensurate with the 
applicant institution"s salary structure for persons of equivalent 
qualifications, experience and rank.  The total salary requested must be 
based on a full-time, 12-month staff appointment and there should be no less 
than 75 percent effort devoted by the Scholar specifically to the proposed 
research program.  The institution may supplement the NIDCR contribution. 
However, supplementation may not be from Federal funds unless specifically 
authorized by the Federal program from which such funds are derived.  In no 
case may PHS funds be used for salary supplementation.  Institutional 
supplementation of salary may not require extra duties or responsibilities 
that would interfere with the purpose of this award.  Under expanded 
authorities, institutions may carry over unexpended funds into the next 
budget period and rebudget funds within the total costs awarded, but may not 
rebudget funds involving the salary component of the budget.  

During the Faculty Transition Phase, the Scholar is encouraged strongly to 
apply for additional support through investigator-initiated research grants, 
e.g., R01, R21. The K22 and an R series grant may be held concurrently, but 
salary can be provided only through the K22 during the overlap years.

INCLUSION OF WOMEN AND MINORITIES IN RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMAN SUBJECTS

It is the policy of the NIDCR that women and members of minority groups and 
their subpopulations must be included in all NIDCR supported biomedical and 
behavioral research projects involving human subjects, unless a clear and 
compelling rationale and justification is provided that inclusion is 
inappropriate with respect to the health of the subjects or the purpose of 
the research. This policy results from the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 
(Section 492B of Public Law 103-43).

All investigators proposing research involving human subjects should read the 
"NIH Guidelines for Inclusion of Women and Minorities as Subjects in Clinical 
Research," which was published in the Federal Register of March 28, 1994 (FR 
59 14508-14513), and in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, Vol. 23, No. 
11, March 18, 1994, available on the web at: 
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not94-100.html.

INCLUSION OF CHILDREN AS PARTICIPANTS IN RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMAN SUBJECTS

It is the policy of the NIDCR that children (i.e., individuals under the age 
of 21) must be included in all human subjects research, conducted or 
supported by the NIDCR, unless there are scientific and/or ethical reasons 
not to include them.  This policy applies to all initial (Type 1) 
applications submitted for receipt dates after October 1, 1998.  All 
investigators proposing research involving human subjects should read the 
"NIH Policy and Guidelines" on the Inclusion of Children as Participants in 
Research Involving Human Subjects that was published in the NIH Guide for 
Grants and Contracts, March 6, 1998, and is available at the following URL 
address: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not98-024.html.  
Investigators also may obtain copies of these policies from the program staff 
listed under INQUIRIES. Program staff may also provide additional relevant 
information concerning the policy.

URLS IN NIH GRANT APPLICATIONS OR APPENDICES

All applications and proposals for NIH funding must be self-contained within 
specified page limitations. Unless otherwise specified in an NIH 
solicitation, internet addresses (URLs) should not be used to provide 
information necessary to the review because reviewers are under no obligation 
to view the Internet sites. Reviewers are cautioned that their anonymity may 
be compromised when they directly access an Internet site.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

The research grant application form PHS 398 (rev. 4/98) is to be used in 
applying for these grants.  These forms are available at most institutional 
offices of sponsored research and may be obtained from the Division of 
Extramural Outreach and Information Resource, National Institutes of Health, 
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7910, Bethesda, MD 20892-7910, telephone: 301/435-
0714, Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov, from the NIH web site: 
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm, and from the program administrator 
listed under INQUIRIES.

Submit a signed, typewritten original of the application and three signed 
photocopies in one package to:

CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC REVIEW
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
6701 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE, ROOM 1040 -MSC 7710
BETHESDA, MD  20892-7710
BETHESDA, MD  20817 (for express/courier service)

At the time of submission, two additional copies of the application must be 
sent to:

Office of Scientific Review
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Building 45, Room 4AN-32
Bethesda, MD  20892-6402

The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) will not accept any application in 
response to this program announcement that is essentially the same as one 
currently pending initial review, unless the applicant withdraws the pending 
application.  The CSR will not accept any application that is essentially the 
same as one already reviewed.

SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION GUIDELINES

In completing the form PHS 398, please first refer to the "Research Career 
Awards" section of the application kit (Appendix IV).  The program 
announcement title (Scholar Development and Faculty Transition Award) and PA 
number must be typed on line 2 of the face page of the application, and the 
YES box must be marked.  Enter in item 6 (Dates of Proposed Period of 
Support) the combined number of years of support needed to complete the 
Scholar Development and Faculty Transition Phases of the NIDCR K22 Program.  
The applicant must provide her/his signature in item 15.  The responsible 
person at the extramural institution must provide her/his signature in item 
16.  Do NOT submit the Checklist Page.

RESEARCH PLAN

Applicants are advised to address the research plan in two parts.  What 
research will be conducted during: (I) the Scholar Development Phase and (II) 
the Faculty Transition Phase.

(I) Scholar Development Plan

Candidate"s Qualifications

The candidate should provide the following documents:
a) An official certified transcript covering the graduate/professional school 
level of education.

b) Three sealed letters of reference from well-established research 
scientists must be provided.  One letter should be from the most recent 
mentor in either a postdoctoral  research setting or from the applicant"s 
thesis advisor.  These letters are to be included with the application.  The 
letters should address the following issues: 

--The applicant"s past contributions to scientific achievements,

--The applicant"s special potential to pursue and develop an independent 
research program,

--The applicant"s ability to work with other scientists in interdisciplinary 
settings and in various interactive situations, (e.g., seminars, journal 
clubs, etc.), on collaborative research projects, and with support staff  
(e.g., technicians, secretaries).

Applicants in the NIH intramural program must submit a letter of commitment 
from the Lab Chief or Scientific Director stating that the sponsoring IC will 
support the Scholar Development Phase of this award.  The level of support 
must be consistent with the terms of the K22 program.

Candidate"s Overall Career Goals

Applicants should describe their overall career goals and plans for continued 
scientific development in their research career.  The application should 
specifically address the candidate"s:

a) Commitment to a career in research

b) Potential to develop into a successful independent investigator

c) Need for additional courses

d) Plans to receive instructions in the responsible conduct of research and

e) Immediate and long-term career objectives, explaining how the award will 
contribute to their attainment.

Scholar"s Development Research Plan

Describe the research plan and approach to the proposed problem.  Use the 
research plan as outlined in form PHS 398 including the sections of the 
Specific Aims, Background and Significance, Preliminary Studies, Research 
Design and Methods.

Mentor"s Training Plan

The mentor must describe the elements of research training planned for the 
candidate, including any formal course-work, and demonstrate how the 
candidate"s independence will be promoted.

II) Faculty Transition Research Plan

The scientific objectives and specific aims should describe research plans 
that will further the fields of dental, craniofacial and oral health research 
and that are sufficient to justify up to four years of support.  Applicants 
should also provide future research directions for the extramural support 
phase, i.e., what are the broad research goals and potential avenues of 
research that would be stimulated by the specific research project.  
Applicants applying for only the Faculty Transition Award should omit the 
following sections described above: the Scholar Research Plan and the 
Mentor"s Training Plan.

Budget

The research plan should be adequate to justify the years of support 
requested.  The budget should span the proposed total duration of the award 
(maximum of five years) including both the Scholar Development and Faculty 
Transition Phases (see section on Allowable Costs). Using continuation pages 
as needed, provide in a detailed narrative format justification for the 
budgetary needs of the proposed research program, e.g., personnel, 
consultants, equipment, databases, supplies and travel.  This justification 
should be prepared carefully, as it will be a critical factor used by peer 
reviewers in evaluating the applicant"s knowledge and ability to manage the 
proposed research project.  NIDCR is aware that the budget for the Faculty 
Transition Phase for individuals applying for the Scholar Development and the 
Faculty Transition Phases of the award may have to be revised at the time 
that the Faculty Transition Phase is awarded due to changes in scientific 
approaches and variations in costs between institutions.

REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS

Application

Upon receipt, applications will be reviewed by the CSR for completeness and 
the NIDCR for responsiveness.  Incomplete and/or non-responsive applications 
will be returned to the applicant without further consideration.  
Applications that are complete and responsive to the program announcement 
will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit in accordance with 
review criteria stated below by an appropriate extramural initial peer review 
group (IRG) convened by the NIDCR Office of Scientific Review.  As part of 
the initial merit review, all applications will receive a written critique 
and may undergo a process in which only those applications deemed to have the 
highest scientific merit, generally the top half of applications under 
review, will be discussed, assigned a priority score, and receive a second 
level review by the National Advisory Council for Dental and Craniofacial 
Research.

Review Criteria

The initial review criteria for applications submitted in response to this 
program announcement will include the following:

a) Candidate (Scholar Development and Faculty Transition)

Capacity to carry out independent research based on level of training, 
experience and competence commensurate with the purposes of this award.
Past and present research productivity, e.g., contributions to the scientific 
literature, success in obtaining fellowships.  The level of achievement will 
be judged relative to the number of years of training.
Ability to conceptualize and organize a research approach that will make full 
use of the support offered during the Scholar Development Phase.
The special qualities of the applicant to: (1) work in an interdisciplinary 
setting, (2) work in a scientifically interactive setting, and (3) to 
collaborate with other scientists working in the area of dental, craniofacial 
and oral research.  This should be addressed in the letters of reference (see 
section on APPLICATION PROCEDURES).
Appropriateness of the applicant"s Career Development Plan and the likelihood 
that the award will contribute substantially to the continued scientific 
development and productivity of the candidate.
Potential to become an outstanding scientist who will make significant 
contributions to the field.
Environment (Scholar Development Phase only)
Research qualifications and previous experience of the mentor as a research 
supervisor.
Adequacy of the nature and extent of supervision that will occur during the 
proposed award period.
Appropriateness of the mentor"s research interest and qualifications to the 
career development needs of the candidate.
Quality of the research environment and infrastructure.

b) Research Plan (Scholar Development and Faculty Transition)

Quality and innovativeness of the research plan, including appropriateness 
and adequacy of the experimental approach and methodology proposed to carry 
out the research.
Suitability of the proposed specific aims for the initial Scholar Development 
Phase of the K22 Program.
Appropriateness of proposed future directions and broad research goals, 
especially the suitability of the proposed specific aims for the Faculty 
Transition Phase of the K22 Program.
Consistency of the research plan with the candidate"s career goals.
Where appropriate, adequacy of plans to include both genders, children, 
minorities and their subgroups for the scientific goals of the research.  
Plans for recruitment and retention of subjects will also be evaluated.

c) Budget (Scholar Development and Faculty Transition)

Applicants for the Scholar Development and Faculty Transition Award should 
submit a budget for both phases of the award.  Both budgets should be 
adequately justified and consistent with the scope of the research and career 
development activities proposed.  It is expected that the budget for the 
Faculty Transition Award may not be developed in as fine a detail as the 
budget for the Scholar Development Phase of the award.
For applicants applying for the Faculty Transition Award only, a detailed 
budget must be submitted which is consistent with the proposed research.  If 
there is greater than a six month hiatus between the time that the award is 
approved for funding and is activated, a revised budget must be submitted at 
the time that the Award is activated.

Following the initial peer review and secondary review by the NADCRC, final 
selection for the Scholars Development Phase will be based on IRG 
recommendations, the need for research personnel in specific programmatic 
areas, NIDCR program priorities, balance among the types of research training 
supported by the NIDCR and the availability of funds.  The NIDCR will notify 
the applicant of the final action shortly after the NADCRC meeting.

Special Restrictions

Acceptance of NIH Intramural Scholars into the NIDCR’s K22 Program does not 
convey any commitment or intent of the NIDCR or any other NIH component to 
consider the Scholar for a tenure-track position within the NIDCR or other 
components of NIH.  The NIDCR’s K22 Program is specifically intended to help 
develop scientists who will pursue their careers in dental, craniofacial or 
oral research in the extramural biomedical research community. However, 
Scholars are not explicitly precluded from applying for available tenure-
track positions at the NIH.  If a Scholar obtains an NIH tenure track, staff 
scientist, or clinical scientist position, the K22 Award will be terminated.

ACTIVATION OF THE FACULTY TRANSITION AWARD

The Faculty Transition Phase of the award can be activated at any time after 
the first year of Scholar Development Phase.  The maximum duration of the 
Faculty Transition Phase is four years.

For scholars in the NIDCR intramural program, the NIDCR Board of Scientific 
Counselors will conduct a formal scientific and training progress review, one 
year prior to the end of the intramural phase.  The results of this formal 
review will be presented in writing to the NIDCR Scholar.  Approval will 
result in eligibility for the extramural Faculty Transition Phase of the 
Career Transition Award (K22).  Disapproval will result in a terminal year of 
intramural support with no transition funding.  A similar type of review 
should be provided for extramural scholars by the academic institution at 
which the scholar is training.  Approval will result in eligibility for the 
extramural Faculty Transition Phase of the Career Transition Award (K22).  
Disapproval will result in a terminal year of extramural support with no 
transition funding.

Prior to activation of the Faculty Transition Phase of the program, the NIDCR 
Scholar must obtain a tenure line (or equivalent) as an independent 
researcher at an extramural institution.  That institution should, if 
possible, be different from the one at which the Scholar Development Phase 
was performed.  The extramural institution must demonstrate, in writing, a 
commitment to the NIDCR Scholar by providing protected research time and 
sufficient space and resources needed to perform the research.  Matching 
funds from the institution for equipment, supplies, and salary are 
encouraged.

After the Scholar receives an offer for a tenure line (or equivalent), the 
institution, in partnership with the Scholar, will request a change of 
institution by submitting the most current form PHS 2590 noncompeting 
application to activate the Faculty Transition Phase of the award.  This 
should be done at least four months prior to the beginning of the expected 
start date of the extramural phase.  Instructions for this non-competing NIH 
Career Transition Award (K22) will be provided by the NIDCR Division of 
Extramural Research.  

The application should include the following:

An updated description of the proposed research for the duration of the award 
(maximum of ten pages),
A budget justifying the request in relation to the career development and 
research goals,
A description of the research environment and facilities,
A statement about the institution"s commitment to the Scholar and to the 
Scholar"s scientific independence, and
A detailed description of the candidate"s position, responsibilities, and 
duties and a definition of the institution"s tenure policy.

The non-competing application will evaluated by the NIDCR Division of 
Extramural Research, in consultation with appropriate extramural scientists, 
and by the NADCRC.  A key consideration of the review will be to assess the 
institution"s commitment to the awardee to ensure that the appointment is 
consistent with the intentions of this award.

The Faculty Transition Award may be delayed for up to one year in order for 
the Scholar or postdoctoral fellow to find a suitable tenure line (or 
equivalent) position.  In such cases, the NIDCR will not provide interim 
support.

MONITORING PROGRESS

Scholar Development Phase

Each Extramural Scholar"s research program will be evaluated for progress on 
an annual basis through submission of annual progress reports.  Each 
Intramural Scholar"s research program will be evaluated for progress on an 
annual basis in the same way as all other independent intramural scientific 
research programs via the Board of Scientific Counselors review.

Faculty Transition Phase  

The awardee will follow the same procedure as all other extramural grantees 
by submitting a progress report as part of the non-competing continuation 
application.  A description of the research and career progress will be 
provided including publications, current research grant support, and pending 
applications.  These annual reports will be closely monitored by NIDCR staff 
to ensure that the awardee is achieving the goals of the K22 Program.  
Periodically, NIDCR staff will arrange meetings of all awardees to discuss 
progress and the program.  For the purpose of evaluating outcomes of the 
NIDCR’s K22 Program, the NIDCR may solicit information from the awardee after 
completion of the Faculty Transition Phase regarding their career progress.

AWARD CRITERIA

Applications will compete for available funds with all other recommended 
research career development applications.  The following will be considered 
in making award decisions: qualifications and potential of the applicant to 
make a contribution to dental, craniofacial and oral research, the quality of 
the proposed mentor(s) and research project as determined by peer review, 
programmatic priorities, and availability of funds.

INQUIRIES

Written and telephone inquiries concerning this program announcement are 
encouraged, especially during the planning phase of the application.  Contact 
the staff below for additional information:

James A. Lipton, DDS, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Office of Training and Career Development
Division of Extramural Research
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Building 45, Room 4AN-18J
Bethesda, MD  20892-6402
Telephone:  (301) 594-2618
E-Mail:  James_Lipton@nih.gov

Mr. Martin Rubinstein
Grants Management Officer
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Building 45, Room 4AN-44
Bethesda, MD  20892-6402
Telephone:  (301) 594-4800

AUTHORITY AND REGULATIONS

This program is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 
93.837, 93.838, and 93.839.  Awards are made under authorization of the 
Public Health Service Act, Title IV, Part A (Public Law 78-410, as amended by 
Public Law 99-158, 42 USC 241 and 285) and administered under PHS grants 
policies and Federal Regulations 42 CFR 52 and 45 CFR Part 74.  This program 
is not subject to the intergovernmental review requirements of Executive 
Order 12372 or Health Systems Agency review.

The PHS strongly encourages all grant and contract recipients to provide a 
smoke-free workplace and promote the non-use of all tobacco products.  In 
addition, Public Law 103-227, the Pro-Children Act of 1994, prohibits smoking 
in certain facilities (or in some cases, any portion of a facility) in which 
regular or routine education, library, day care, health care or early 
childhood development services are provided to children.  This is consistent 
with the PHS mission to protect and advance the physical and mental health of 
the American people.



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