Faculty Research


Are you interested in applying for funding?  Please send emails to Pam Corrado and she will assign a Research Administrator who can assist with the submission process through the University Research Administration System (RAS). All funding proposals must be entered into RAS and submitted through DRA, including but not limited to:

Federal Funding

All U.S. government-funding opportunities are posted on Grants.gov. Please see Grants.gov for guides, tips, and samples for the NIH grant application process. Opportunities are available from many U.S. government agencies, including:

Tufts Office of Research Development (ORD), located at 75 Kneeland on the Boston campus, has a protocol development team that will help you write your NIH or NSF grant proposal. Learn more on their website.

Non-Federal Funding

Internal Funding:

There are several sources of research funding within Tufts. Additional sources and special opportunities arise from time to time and announcements are made accordingly.

  • Tufts Collaborates!
  • Tufts Innovates!
  • Tufts CTSI Pilot Studies Program
  • Faculty Research Awards Committee (FRAC)
  • Dean Huw Thomas Small Grants
  • Implant Committee
Foundation Funding

Examples of Foundations:

  • ADA Foundation
  • DentaQuest
  • ITI Foundation
  • Mass Dental Society
  • National Children’s Oral Health Foundation
  • Oral Health America

Search Engine to look up Corporate & Foundation funding:

Pivot (formerly Community of Science) is one of the major searchable funding databases available to all investigators at Tufts University. Investigators may search for funding opportunities directly or request assistance from the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

If you need funding or materials for a research project, or are working with an entity that has expressed the interest in donating material and/or funds, please contact Sonnya Morales in Corporate & Foundation Relations at Sonnya.Morales@tufts.edu. She will assist you in identifying potential donors, and will assist you in processing and tracking donated resources according to the University’s procedures.

Learn more on the Tufts Office of Research Administration’s website.

Corporate Funding

Corporation investments benefit both the school and corporations wishing to market products to future users, or gain access to important intellectual talent engaged in basic or clinical research. Tufts recognizes the value of true partnerships and exchange of ideas to determine where financial investment can benefit both corporations and the dental school.

Corporate research investment may be targeted to the following options:

Administrative Resources Available to Corporate Investors:

  • IRB Team
  • Clinical Trial Specialist/GCP and CITI Certified
  • Protocol Development
  • Biostatistics
  • Grant Management
  • Contracts – Contact Pamela.Corrado@tufts.edu

Contact Katie Dunn and she can match you with a Research Faculty member, Katie.Dunn@tufts.edu or call (617) 636-2745.

Looking to Submit a Grant?

If you are a TUSDM faculty member thinking about submitting a grant, please contact Jessica Colon or Amanda Gozzi at the beginning of the process.

When you identify an opportunity, please send your Request for Proposal Submission form to DRA so that we can begin populating your proposal in RAS.

A minimum of 6 weeks’ notice is needed in order to prepare the grant pack-age in order to properly submit it to the funding agency.

“5 day rule”: TUSDM is required to submit all grant proposals via the new electronic Research Administration grant submission system (RAS) 5 business days before the sponsor deadline. The proposal will be routed to the Vice Provost’s Office of Research Administration (ORA) for final review and approval.

In addition, two days prior to the sponsor deadline the final research strategy document must be uploaded if it was not already included at the time of routing. If a proposal is not 100% complete two days before the submission dead-line, the PI will be required to complete an addendum acknowledging they are submitting an application for review and submission less than 48 hours prior to the due date. This addendum will be sent to Dean Thomas and ORA.

Work with DRA to Complete Submission Package

Contact Local RA to set up a meeting to discuss your proposal. We will assist you in determining:

  • Project feasibility, staffing, space issues, approvals, and other necessary resources.
  • Grant Specific requirements (Page limits, budget limits, budget restrictions)
  • Budget and Budget Justification
  • Key Personnel Biosketches 
  • Specific Aims, Project summary, Research Strategy, Bibliography, Resource Sharing Plans, Multi PI Plan, Vertebrate Animals, Human Subjects
Standard Due Dates – NIH Grants

Learn more on the NIH website.

New Submissions

Research Grants – R01 new 

  • February 5
  • June 5
  • October 5

Research Career Development – K series new

  • February 12
  • June 12
  • October 12

Other Research Grants and Cooperate Agreements – R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3 new

  • February 16
  • June 16
  • October 16
Resubmission / Revision Submissions

Research Grants R01 renewal, resubmission, revision

  • March 5
  • July 5
  • November 5

Research Career Development – K series renewal, resubmission, revision

  • March 12
  • July 12
  • November 12

Other Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements – R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3 renewal, resubmission, revision

  • March 16
  • July 16
  • November 16
Important Resources/Polices:
Looking to be a Mentor?
Student Research Mentor Information and Responsibilities

As a mentor, you are the foundation of a successful student research program, and you are commended for undertaking this important role. By working with students on their individual research projects, you are contributing to the education and training of the next generation of well-rounded dental clinicians as well as advancing the mission of TUSDM

The Student Research Fellowship Program is designed to primarily serve the student, with the faculty mentor playing an important role in guiding the student to successful completion of the independent research project. First-year students receive additional research guidance through the Summer Research Toolkit meetings and Discussion Boards. Student researchers and their mentors are expected to abide by all University regulations regarding human subject and animal research, and will be assisted by the Dental Research Administration office for the proper paperwork and procedures. The faculty mentor, not the student, has ultimate responsibility for compliance in these areas.

By agreeing to mentor a dental student through the Student Research Fellowship Program, the mentor understands his/her responsibilities to:

  • Take an active role in the development of the research proposal and give constructive feedback for improvement.
  • Define the activities in which the student will be involved, and outline your expectations for research progress, professional behavior, compliance, attendance, etc.
  • Ensure a timely IRB submission so that the student is able to be productive throughout the project length.
  • Provide the appropriate materials, equipment, safety training, and support for the student to conduct the research.
  • Provide ongoing technical guidance and advice.
  • Be accessible– provide sufficient notice before changing meetings, respond to emails and phone calls.
  • Review the status of the student’s activities regularly and give appropriate feedback.
  • Be knowledgeable of the requirements and deadlines associated with the Student Research Fellowship.
  • Approve appropriate absences by the student.
  • Assist in preparation of research abstracts and posters, knowing that it will involve multiple rounds of editing and guidance.
  • Inform Eileen Doherty of any issues that arise with the student or the proposed research project.
Supporting the Research Process

Ideas for supporting your mentees throughout the research process from “Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring University of Minnesota”, 2012.

Planning Research

  • Directing to relevant literature
  • Discussing merits and weaknesses of published studies (individually or in groups)
  • Identifying important knowledge gaps in the field
  • Framing relevant research questions
  • Formulating hypotheses
  • Articulating specific aims to address a central hypothesis
  • Assessing the innovation and impact of research aims
  • Defining the research timeline
  • Identifying (and planning for) potential pitfalls
  • Offering input on study design, sample size, recruitment of research subjects, inclusion an exclusion criteria, control arms
  • Identifying funding sources for research
  • Critiquing drafts of research protocols, grant proposals

Executing the Research  

  • Providing resources
  • Navigating regulatory requirements
  • Trouble shooting (e.g., when experiments don’t work, recruitment is slow)
  • Offering feedback on data analysis and interpretation
  • Exploring new directions

Disseminating New Knowledge

  • Identifying relevant conferences (national, international)
  • Supporting preparation of abstracts and presentations
  • Critiquing presentation rehearsal Planning publications (how many, scope of each, authorship)
  • Evaluating journal options (based on audience, specialization, impact)
  • Outlining manuscripts, section by section
  • Reviewing and editing manuscript drafts, explaining recommended changes
  • Critiquing graphs and tables (content, style)
  • Discussing reviewers’ comments and how to address them

Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring University of Minnesota, 2012