Request for Information (RFI): The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Request for Information on the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan

Notice Number: NOT-DE-13-005

Key Dates
Release Date: July 22, 2013
Response Due Date:  September 6, 2013

Issued by
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)



NIDCR is developing a new strategic plan to guide the Institute’s research efforts and priority setting over the next six years (2014-2019). The purpose of this time-sensitive Request for Information (RFI) is to seek input from a broad range of stakeholders about prospective activities, areas of research emphasis, future research approaches, needs, and opportunities.


NIDCR, the lead federal agency for research and research training on oral, dental and craniofacial diseases and disorders, has a distinguished record of supporting research to advance the oral health of the nation for 65 years. The mission of the NIDCR is to improve oral, dental and craniofacial health through research, research training, and the dissemination of health information.  We accomplish our mission by performing and supporting basic and clinical research; conducting and funding research training and career development programs to ensure an adequate number of talented, well-prepared and diverse investigators; coordinating and assisting relevant research and research-related activities among all sectors of the research community; and promoting the timely transfer of knowledge gained from research and its implications for health to the public, health professionals, researchers, and policy-makers.

Information Requested

This RFI invites public comment and input on the development of the next strategic plan. We ask that you consider cross-cutting research opportunities and/or needs that could have the greatest benefit for advancing oral health.

To inform development of the strategic plan, input is being sought on each of the areas identified below:

“Transformative” areas of research where new discoveries could have the greatest benefit for advancing dental, oral, and craniofacial research.

New technical capabilities or tools that can have a significant impact on dental, oral, and craniofacial research and clinical practice in the next fifteen years.

The scientific advances that could result in a quantum leap in the care of dental, oral, and craniofacial disorders.

The major challenges and opportunities for revolutionizing how we understand, prevent, diagnose and manage dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases and disorders.

NIDCR’s role and potential for expanding and enhancing the pipeline for new dental, oral, and craniofacial researchers.

Potential areas for Public-Private Partnerships – partnerships that will allow NIDCR to work collaboratively with both public and private entities to advance research and improve the public health.

Please offer any additional comments or information you think would be useful to NIDCR in developing its 2014-2019 Strategic Plan.

How to Submit a Response

To assure consideration, your responses must be received by September 6, 2013. Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically using either the web-based format at:  or email to

Responses to this RFI are voluntary.  Any personal identifiers will be removed when responses are compiled. Proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should not be included in your response. This RFI is for planning purposes only and is not a solicitation for applications or an obligation on the part of the United (U.S.) Government to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it. Please note that the U.S. government will not pay for the preparation of any comment submitted or for its use of that comment.

General Information

Note:  All of the following fields are optional. Proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should not be included in your response:

Please indicate if you are one of the following:  grantee, administrator, student, patient advocate, Dean/or Institutional administrator, NIH employee, or other.

If you are an investigator, please indicate your career level and main area of research interest, including whether the focus is clinical or basic.

If you are a member of a particular advocacy or professional organization, please indicate the name and primary focus of the organization (i.e., research support, patient care, etc.) and whether you are responding on behalf of your organization (if not, please indicate your position within the organization).

Please provide your name, email address, and phone number.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Dr. Margo Adesanya, Acting Director
Office of Science Policy and Analysis
National  Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
9000 Rockville Pike
Bldg. 31, Rm., 5B/55, MSC 2190
Bethesda, MD 20892
Telephone: 301-594-8774
Fax: 301-496-9988