Short-term Mentored Career Enhancement Award in Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research for Mid-Career and Senior Investigators (K18 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications for short-term mentored career enhancement (K18) awards in dental, oral and craniofacial (DOC) research with a focus on behavioral and social sciences, and on genetics, genomics, bioinformatics and computational biology research. The intent of this program is to provide mid-career and senior investigators with short-term training in the theories, tools, methods or approaches of another scientific area, in order to enhance their existing research program. Two categories of candidates are targeted: (a) established DOC research investigators who seek training with investigators from another field, in order to enrich their existing DOC research program; and (b) established investigators in other fields who seek training with DOC research investigators in order to facilitate the introduction of DOC research into an existing research program.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed specifically for applicants proposing research that does not involve leading an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or an ancillary clinical trial. Applicants to this FOA are permitted to propose research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor.


  • K Series Due Date(s): Feb. 12, Jun. 12, Oct. 12
  • AIDS Due Dates: Jan. 7, May 7, Sep. 7

PAR-19-238 Expiration Date: May 08, 2022

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Eligibility Requirements

Candidates for the K18 award must have a research or health-professional doctoral degree. This award is intended for well-established investigators who have established records of independent, peer-reviewed Federal or private research grant funding. Applicants are not required to have active research grant support at the time of application for this award.

At the time of award, the candidate must have a “full-time” appointment at the academic institution. Candidates who have VA appointments may not consider part of the VA effort toward satisfying the full-time requirement at the applicant institution. Candidates with VA appointments should contact the staff person in the relevant Institute or Center prior to preparing an application to discuss their eligibility.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

February 12, 2022