Update for Researchers 


January 2012 

NIDCR Issues RFAs for Salivary Gland Tumor Research


On January 11, 2012, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) posted two Requests for Applications (RFAs) seeking grant proposals to enhance basic and translational research on salivary gland tumors (SGTs). This anticipated commitment of approximately $8 million over the next four years underscores the continuing strong leadership of NIDCR in this under-studied field. In the past three years, the institute has allocated over $10 million in developing an SGT research portfolio that encompasses biobanking, model development, molecular characterization and pathway studies.


NIDCR intends to award three to four R01 Research Project Grants as well as three to four R21 Exploratory/Development Research Grants. The applications will be reviewed by an NIDCR-convened expert panel with a deep understanding of the significance of SGTs. The RFAs may be accessed through the following links:



R01 Research Project Grant                                                   RFA-DE-12-011 

R21 Exploratory/Development Research Grant                     RFA-DE-12-012 


The key dates for both RFAs are:


Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)                                    February 19, 2012

Letter of Intent Due Date                                                          February19, 2012

Application Due Date                                                                March 19, 2012

Scientific Merit Review                                                             May/June 2012

Advisory Council Review                                                          October 2012

Earliest Start Date                                                                     September 2012


ACCRF is very encouraged by the posting of these two new RFAs. Enormous strides have been made in the past few years in understanding salivary gland cancers, including ACC, and this commitment by NIDCR will keep pushing the pace. The patient community may take heart that the research community is building momentum.



Resources for Researchers  


ACCRF is planning to redesign its website to include a central listing of resources for ACC researchers. In the meantime, the following two links may be helpful:


Salivary Gland Tumor Biorepository (SGTB)
The SGTB collects, maintains and distributes biospecimens and cell lines, and provides qualified researchers with materials for basic and translational research on salivary gland tumors.


Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Database (ACCDB)
The ACCDB provides characterization and drug screening data on human tumor xenograft models.


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