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.