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NIDCR Releases FOA on Addressing Social Determinants of Health to Eliminate Oral Health Disparities

  • 1.  NIDCR Releases FOA on Addressing Social Determinants of Health to Eliminate Oral Health Disparities

    Posted May 07, 2021 11:30

    CSWE Government Relations (GR) is sharing a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  CSWE GR is able to provide high-level context about this opportunity.

    The aim of this FOA "is to support research on how to effectively identify and optimally address upstream social determinants of health that can often present as a barrier to optimal oral health, impede the effectiveness of interventions, and contribute to oral health disparities in vulnerable and underserved groups." The FOA encourages multi-disciplinary collaborations, mechanistic research, multi-level research, and/or the use of systems science research approaches.  Applications submitted to this FOA should have a central focus on addressing knowledge gaps related to social determinants of health (SDOH) and their role in influencing oral health outcomes.

    Regarding social work research, a specific area of research interest for this FOA includes, but is not limited to: "Demonstrating the use of non-traditional healthcare practitioners (e.g. social workers or case managers) to promote oral health and address SDOH barriers."

    Awards will have two phases: the Planning Phase (UG3) award will provide one year of support for planning activities, such as finalizing the protocol and preparing other documents or required data sources to implement the full study; the Implementation Phase (UH3) award will provide up to five years of support to conduct the study in accordance with activities planned in the UG3 phase, and is contingent upon the completion of the UG3 milestones.

    NIDCR intends to commit $3 million in fiscal year (FY) 2022 to fund 3-4 awards, contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Application budgets are limited to less than $300,000 in direct costs for the UG3 phase; application budgets are not limited for the UH3 phase, but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Applications are due July 8, 2021 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

    The full FOA can be found at

    Andrew Herrin
    Legislative Research Assistant
    Lewis-Burke Associates LLC
    Washington, DC DC