For more than a decade, Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana has had an interest in fostering research related to oral health, especially research that may have clinical use with the potential for reducing treatment costs and improving oral health. To that end, a portion of the Delta Dental Foundation’s (DDF) budget each year is allocated for dental research grants. The Research Screening Committee has been established within the DDF to act as a review body for research applications.
Deadline for grant submission: April 15, 2018
Because funds available for this purpose are limited, the following guidelines have been established:
- Priority will be given to projects that focus on issues related to the delivery and financing of oral health care, including those that could have direct clinical application with significant potential for reducing treatment costs along with improving oral health.
- Consideration will be restricted to researchers from the dental schools in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
- Priority will be given to two types of studies:
- Pilot or feasibility studies which are likely to enhance the investigator’s chance for long-term funding from other sources.
- Complete projects considered to be of interest to Delta Dental, for which other sources of funds are traditionally not available.
- Studies of interest to Delta Dental include:
- Research in the cost/benefit of preventive and treatment procedures for the two major dental diseases—caries and periodontal disease.
- Studies that evaluate the outcome of preventive and treatment procedures.
- Studies that consider the cost/benefit of including various procedures as dental benefits.
- Development of risk assessment criteria.
- Retrospective studies or those involving analysis of existing data should be considered, rather than long-term follow-up studies (in order to reduce the years required to obtain data).
- Studies involving individual proprietary products are considered the manufacturer’s responsibility, and normally will not be funded.
- Funding up to $30,000 will be considered.
- Overhead charges to eligible institutions will be limited to 8 percent.
- Contributions toward salaries for investigators with faculty appointments will be limited to 10 percent of the investigator’s salary.
These guidelines are intended to encourage investigators to develop a long-term view of support for their research, and to encourage use of DDF funding to promote the development of high-quality research in selected areas that can compete successfully for support from other sources. They are also intended to provide for the funding of high-quality research that may be of more local interest, and therefore may be at a disadvantage in competing for funding at a national level.
Proposals should include the following:
- A curriculum vitae for the principal investigator.
- Documentation of the validity of indices used for measurement.
- References to support all assertions.
- The common terms for proprietary names.
- Diagrams as necessary to provide clarification for reviewers who are not experts in the field.
Proposals will be reviewed by the Research Screening Committee and ranked according to:
- Relevance of the project to the priorities of Delta Dental.
- Technical excellence.
- Budget considerations.
Since funds available for grants are limited, the review process will attempt to select the proposals for funding that will make the best use of the available funds. Pilot projects and ongoing department projects will be considered. Partial funding may be approved, dependent on reasonableness of the budget and availability of funds.
Multi-year proposals are acceptable, but funding will not be approved for more than one year at a time. In areas of research where other sources of funding are usually available, a plan for seeking other support for subsequent years will be expected as part of the initial proposal.
Except in special circumstances such as those described in section 3b above, investigators should not seek full funding from the DDF for projects where other sources are available.
A report and results should be provided at the end of the funding period, and at least once per year for multi-year projects. After completion of a study and submission of a final report, the principal investigator may apply for up to $1,000 toward the investigator’s travel expense to present the findings to a meeting of the International Association of Dental Research or the American Association of Dental Research.
Research likely to result in patents or copyrighted materials will not be funded.
Research proposals will be reviewed once each year and are due by April 15 each year. Proposals will be reviewed by the DDF's Research Screening Committee. Awards for April submissions will be announced no sooner than July.
How to apply
Complete the Faculty Research Grant application and all supplementary information as described in the instructions and submit to:
DDF Research Grant
Delta Dental Foundation
PO Box 293
Okemos, MI 48805-0293
If you have questions or would like additional information concerning research grant applications, contact the Delta Dental Foundation at:
About the award sponsor
The Delta Dental Foundation is the philanthropic affiliate of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. Its purpose is to fund educational and research projects in dentistry and to promote the oral health of the public.
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