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  1. Dear Colleagues:


    As part of the budget planning process for Fiscal Year 2017, the NIDCR is identifying topical themes for development into research initiatives. During this process, we welcome input from our research and clinical practice communities, industry, interested organizations, and the public at large. 

    To see the proposed research themes for FY 2017, as well as a description of what initiatives are and how you can provide input, click on the following link: http://go.usa.gov/3AxZP

    A reminder that comments are due no later than Friday, September 4, 2015.

    Thank you,


    Martha J. Somerman, D.D.S., Ph.D.
    Director
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

  2. NIDCR has published the following Funding Opportunity Announcement:

     

    RFA-DE-16-006 Oral HIVacc: Oral Mucosal Immunization Approaches for HIV Prevention (R01)

     

    NIDCR has other funding opportunities for research on HIV and related oral complications.

    For all research topics, please see NIDCR's active funding announcements

  3. Dear Colleagues:

    As part of the budget planning process for Fiscal Year 2017, the NIDCR is identifying topical themes for development into research initiatives. During this process, we welcome input from our research and clinical practice communities, industry, interested organizations, and the public at large. 

    To see the proposed research themes for FY 2017, as well as a description of what initiatives are and how you can provide input, click on the following link: http://go.usa.gov/3AxZP

    Comments are due no later than Friday, September 4, 2015.

    Thank you,


    Martha J. Somerman, D.D.S., Ph.D.
    Director
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

  4. National Institutes of Health                                                                                             
    Office of the Director 
    Bethesda, MD 20892


    July 22, 2015

    Dear Colleagues,

    In order to advance the NIH mission, we are developing an NIH-wide Strategic Plan. The goal of this 5-year plan is to outline a vision for biomedical research that ultimately extends healthy life and reduces illness and disability. NIH senior leadership and staff have developed a proposed framework for the Strategic Plan that identifies areas of opportunity across all biomedicine and unifying principles to guide NIH’s support of the biomedical research enterprise. The aim is to pursue crosscutting areas of research that span NIH’s 27 Institutes, Centers, and Offices.  

    I invite you to review the framework in our Request for Information (RFI: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-118.html) and on the NIH website (http://www.nih.gov/about/strategic-plan), and to provide your feedback via the RFI submission site (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rfi/rfi.cfm?ID=46). I encourage stakeholder organizations (e.g., patient advocacy groups, professional societies) to submit a single response reflective of the views of the organization/membership as a whole. We also will be hosting webinars to gather additional input. These webinars will be held in early to mid-August.

    Your input is vital to ensuring that the NIH Strategic Plan positions biomedical research on a promising and visionary path. I appreciate your time and consideration in assisting us with this effort.  

    Sincerely,

    Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D. 
    Principal Deputy Director, NIH

     



  5.  

     

    Following the closure of the National Children’s Study, NIH is planning a new program to understand the influence of environmental exposures (e.g., physical, chemical, biological, psychosocial) on children’s health and development. This new program is called Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes(ECHO).

     

    NIH will present webinars on the proposed ECHO program on July 22, 27, and 29. The webinars will include a Q & A period, and we encourage you to submit questions during the event. You may also submit questions in advance by email at nihkidsandenvironment@nih.gov.

     

    You may also learn more about ECHO and submit your comments online through the Request for Information.

     

    The deadline for comments is August 14, 2015.

     

    Thank you for your input as we work to improve the health of our nation’s children.