Request for Information (RFI): National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2021-2026
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July 15, 2021

Response Date:
August 27, 2021

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The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is drafting its Strategic Plan for 2021-2026 to help guide the research it supports over the next five years. This Notice is a Request for Information (RFI) inviting feedback on our five strategic priorities, seen at:


Under the leadership of Dr. Rena D Souza, who was sworn in as the new Director of NIDCR in October 2020, NIDCR has updated its mission and created a new overarching vision for the future, as well as guiding principles to steer the institute and help direct and execute the strategic plan.


We aspire to transform human lives through scientific discoveries and innovations that advance dental, oral, and craniofacial (DOC) health and overall well-being for all.


The updated mission of NIDCR is to advance fundamental knowledge about dental, oral, and craniofacial (DOC) health and disease and translate these findings into prevention, early detection, and treatment strategies that improve overall health for all individuals and communities across the lifespan.


Our core values ground our thinking and guide our decisions across all aspects of the NIDCR research endeavor.

  • Scientific Excellence: We are dedicated to excellence and integrity in dental, oral, and craniofacial (DOC) research and apply core principles of research, rigor and reproducibility to all funded studies. We ensure that all research is conducted ethically, and that data collected is well-described for replication or applications in other settings. We accelerate innovative and translational research with strategic investments in areas that are ripe for rapid advancement.
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: We are committed to developing a research workforce that represent our nation’s demographics across all aspects of race, ethnicity, gender/sexual identity, disability, socioeconomic status, and life experiences. We continually strive to build a community of clinicians, clinician scientists, and scientists with a wide range of expertise, skills, and perspectives in DOC research.
  • Stewardship: We are responsible stewards of our resources and continually develop the next generation of researchers and those that support the research enterprise through the strengthening and building of our research capacity. We strive for transparency in our decision-making processes and hold ourselves accountable to all our stakeholders by managing our resources to achieve results that improve DOC health and reduce or eliminate DOC diseases for all people.
  • Embracing and Managing Change: We understand that change is inevitable within our world, our field of science, and our workforce. We are committed to being proactive and nimble in our responses to challenges emergencies, and crises. We encourage a learning culture that continually evaluates our processes and our accomplishments. Guided by our experiences and the lessons learned, we strive to find ways to apply these insights across our research endeavor.

Based on the foundation of our vision, mission, and guiding principles, NIDCR has established five strategic priorities, which are now being used to organize the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan.

Strategic Priority Areas

  • Goal 1: Advance cross-disciplinary fundamental research in the biomedical, behavioral, social and environmental sciences and drive its translation into innovations for the early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental, oral and craniofacial (DOC) diseases and conditions across the lifespan.
  • Goal 2: Develop more precise and individualized ways of managing and preventing DOC diseases.
  • Goal 3: Accelerate the translation of research and the uptake of new discoveries into oral and general healthcare practices that reduce health inequities and disparities and improve oral health outcomes for individuals and communities worldwide.]
  • Goal 4: Nurture future generations of DOC researchers and oral health professional scholars who can address existing and emerging challenges driven by personalized and public health needs and a continually evolving landscape of science and technology advances.
  • Goal 5: Expand already existing partnerships and create new ones to advance the NIDCR research enterprise and increase its reach and impact.

Information Requested

NIDCR invites researchers in academia and industry, health care professionals, patient advocates and health advocacy organizations, scientific or professional organizations, Federal agencies, and other interested members of the public to provide feedback on NIDCR’s priority areas for its next strategic plan.


Please submit all responses to this RFI electronically to the following webpage at by August 27, 2021.

Responses to this RFI are voluntary and may be submitted anonymously. Please do not include any personally identifiable information or any information that you do not wish to make public. Proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should not be included in your response. The Government will use the information submitted in response to this RFI at its discretion. The Government reserves the right to use any submitted information on public websites, in reports, in summaries of the state of the science, in any possible resultant solicitation(s), grant(s), or cooperative agreement(s), or in the development of future funding opportunity announcements.

This RFI is for informational and planning purposes only and is not a solicitation for applications or an obligation on the part of the Government to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it. Please note that the Government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for use of that information.

We look forward to your input and hope that you will share this RFI opportunity with your colleagues.


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