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School remains leader in NIDCR grant funding2 min read

August 28, 2019

School remains leader in NIDCR grant funding2 min read

Ann Arbor, Mich., Aug. 28, 2019 — The University of Michigan School of Dentistry has received more research funding from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in fiscal 2018 than any dental institution in the country.

A newly-released compilation of NIDCR grants shows that the school received $18.2 million for a variety of research focused on improving oral health. This is the second consecutive year that the school is ranked as the top institution for dental research from the NIDCR.

Vesa Kaartinen

Dr. Vesa Kaartinen, associate dean for research, said topping the NIDCR grant list is “wonderful news” again this year. He credited contributions from faculty, trainees, students and staff throughout the dental school. “Without the commitment of the team to conceive, plan, develop and execute complex and groundbreaking research projects, we would not be in this position year after year,” he said. “NIDCR’s high standards for the projects it funds require a strong, dedicated team.”

U-M has long been one of the leading recipients of research funding from NIDCR, which is one of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources.  The complete list of institutions receiving grants from the NIDCR in fiscal year 2018 is available on the institute’s website.


The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists, and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at: www.dent.umich.edu.  Contact: Lynn Monson, associate director of communications, at dentistry.communications@umich.edu, or (734) 615-1971.