Research Updates and Funding Opportunities From DRA

Good Afternoon TUSDM Research Community,
Please find this week’s research updates below. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your research administrator if you have any questions.

Research updates and Reminders

DRA’s FAQ of the Week: What equipment and resources are available for my research?
Basic Science Research: A variety of equipment for in-vitro research is available in the Dr. J Murray Gavel Center (DHS833). Contact Mona Patel with any questions. Clinical Research: The 14th floor Clinical Research Center has 7 fully-equipped dental bays for clinical research. Contact Joseph Cimmino with any questions. Core Facilities: The university also has core facilities available to Tufts researchers. See information about Tufts Core Facilities here
Updated Mask Guidance
With the level of respiratory viruses in our community decreasing, masks will only be required in operatories during clinical care, effective immediately. Masks will no longer be required in other settings. The prevalence of respiratory illnesses will continued to be monitored, and guidance will be adjusted accordingly. In accordance with MA Department of Public Health, the current isolation guidelines for those who contract Covid-19 will remain unchanged and can be found HERE. All related leave policies remain in effect and questions can be directed to
Apply for Tufts CTSI’s Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship
Considering taking time to get research training in your chosen specialty? Apply for Tufts CTSI’s T32 Fellowship Program. This prestigious, NIH-funded program: Leads to a Certificate (one to two years), MS (two years), or PhD in Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) with training in study design, biostatistics, and epidemiology, offers a superb research training environment with mentorship by clinical experts in your specialty and nationally known experts in clinical research, provides ample opportunity for publication. Includes a stipend and full tuition for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences CTS Program. Starts July 1, 2024. If you have an interest in quantitative methods, clinical epidemiology, predictive modeling, comparative effectiveness research, biomedical data sciences, health policy, or health disparities, contact Senior Program Manager Elizabeth Leary, PhD for more information. Applications are due by Wednesday, May 1, and early submissions are strongly encouraged. APPLY HERE
AADOCR Boston Section Spring Meeting
The AADOCR Boston Section Spring Meeting will take place in person Tuesday, May 7th, from 6:00-8:00 PM at the ADA Forsyth Institute 245 First Street, Cambridge, MA 02142 17th floor, Seminar room. The meeting will include poster presentations by students and postdoctoral fellows. Faculty, mentors, and trainees: Please join us for social and professional networking with colleagues from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, ADA-Forsyth, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. There will be topic focused conversations and food and drinks provided at the meeting. READ MORE

Upcoming Trainings, Workshops, and Opportunities

CAHRI Guest Speaker Raimond Winslow, PhD: Healthcare Enabled by AI in Real-Time – April 25
The Center for Advanced Healthcare Research Informatics (CAHRI) is initiating a series of presentations by leaders in the field of healthcare research informatics and analytics. They are excited to introduce their first invited guest speaker, Raimond L. Winslow, PhD. Dr. Winslow will be giving a talk titled Healthcare Enabled by AI in Real-Time.

Please reach out to Marty Alvarez with any questions.

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2024, from 11am-12pm EST 
Time: 1:00PM–2:30PM ET, Zoom
Hirsh Health Sciences Library Open Workshop AI Literacy for a Changing Biomedical Landscape – Wednesday, April 10
In this student-aimed workshop, topics include the fundamental concepts of AI, learn to evaluate AI tools, and discover practical applications in your everyday life. This interactive workshop will equip you with the skills to confidently navigate the world of machine intelligence. It will also delve into bias detection, transparency, and responsible AI usage. For more information, please contact Allie Tatarian and/or Kirby Johnson 

RCR Credit: Eligible attendees can receive credit (1 hr) in partial fulfillment of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training requirements

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Register HERE 
Tufts CTSI Spring 2024 Faculty Mentor Training – Monday, April 15
Do you mentor research faculty, postdocs, or graduate students? Join Tufts CTSI for a case-based training opportunity for faculty members with mentees preparing for research careers in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences. If you are responsible for mentoring Tufts CTSI’s graduate education program’s fellows (T32) or scholars (K12), this is a great opportunity to complete the required mentor training.

Date: Monday, April 15, 2024
Time: 1:00PM–2:30PM ET, Zoom

Register HERE 
Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition Live Finals and Awards Celebration! – April 5
Join an exciting evening at the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition – Live Finals and Awards Celebration! 

Witness the culmination of innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit as the finalists compete for the grand prizes. The event will be held at the Joyce Cummings Center, 2nd floor and on Zoom from 4:00PM to 6:30PM, followed by an awards celebration from 6:30PM to 7:30PM. Experience the thrill of live pitches as the brightest minds showcase their groundbreaking ventures. Network with like-minded individuals, industry experts, and potential investors, fostering valuable connections. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to witness the beginning of game-changing innovations and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit at the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition – Live Finals and Awards Celebration! 
Date: Friday, April 05, 2024 
Time: 4:00pm 

Register HERE 

Highlighted Funding Opportunitites

1) NIDCR Mentoring Network to Promote a Diverse Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research Workforce *LIMITED SUBMISSION
About: The NIH Research Education Program (UE5) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The overarching goal of this UE5 program is to support educational activities that encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research.
Eligibility: No agency restrictions; Please follow Tufts PI eligibility policies. 
Deadline: Sponsor Deadlines: May 30, 2024| EOI Deadline: April 10, 2024
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2) Tufts Springboard
About: Tufts Springboard is an intramural grant program sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR), and Tufts Medicine. The goal of Tufts Springboard is to stimulate high impact research, scholarship and educational initiatives that have an explicit plan leading to extramural funding or other outcomes that influence research, scholarship, educational outcomes, and/or policy. Special consideration will be given to research, scholarship, and educational projects that focus on racial inequities and/or promoting anti-racist interventions in keeping with the University’s and Tufts Medicine’s commitment to be an anti-racist institutions. 
Eligibility: No agency restrictions; Please follow Tufts PI eligibility policies. 
Deadline: Wednesday, May 8, 2024
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3) Tufts Initiative on Substance Use and Addiction (TISUA) 
In response to the nationwide crisis, TISUA is committed to supporting innovative programs aimed at understanding, preventing, and treating addiction and substance use, as well as related morbidity and mortality. Funded by Tufts University, TISUA provides a platform for researchers, scholars, and artists to develop transformative ideas in this field. Our mission is to promote proactive measures and solutions, ultimately seeking external funding to sustain and expand our impact.
Eligibility: No agency restrictions; Please follow Tufts PI eligibility policies. 
Deadline: Wednesday, April 24, 2024
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4) Coverys- The General Grant Program  
About:  Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation, Inc. accepts and considers requests for grant funding from organizations pursuing innovative projects and solutions. Please note the Foundation has a strong preference to fund innovative projects that support healthcare in the communities served by Coverys policyholders.
Eligibility: The work outlined in the grant proposal must focus on advancement in at least one of the following areas:
– Programs and initiatives to improve patient care and patient safety
– Programs and initiatives that promote healthy lifestyles
– Support of individuals and organizations that provide healthcare services 
Deadline: May 31, 2024
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5) American Academy of Periodontology Foundation- Tarrson Fellowship 
About: The fellowship is a $30,000 award ($10,000 per year, for up to 3 years) for periodontists pursuing academic careers. The award is not intended to replace support that would normally have been provided by the recipient’s institution. Annual payments shall not be made unless evidence of continued teaching as described in the award criteria is provided.  
Eligibility: Candidates for the Fellowship must be either a full-time faculty member at the instructor or assistant level or a part-time faculty member. The candidate must be affiliated for 10 years or less with a degree-granting institution, and their career goal must be teaching and research in periodontology. Applications will be accepted only from candidates at U.S. institutions. 
Deadline: May 1, 2024
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6) Delta Dental Oral Health Diversity Fund 
About: Launched in 2023, the Delta Dental Oral Health Diversity Fund invests up to $1 million annually in comprehensive solutions, innovative pilots, and scalable models that inspire school-aged children from historically underrepresented groups to pursue a career in oral health. The Fund invites ideas that respond to one or more of the following questions: 
– How will you address the lack of awareness of oral health workforce careers in historically underrepresented groups?
– How will you increase the supply of diverse candidates for oral health workforce careers?
– How will you address the obstacles faced by those from historically underrepresented communities in pursuing oral health careers? 
Eligibility: No agency restrictions; Please follow Tufts PI eligibility policies. 
Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2024 at 5pm
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