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Postdoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Feb 12, 2020


Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)


Offers funding to improve access to and the delivery of oral healthcare services for low-income, underserved, uninsured, underrepresented minority, rural, and other medically-disadvantaged populations by addressing dental workforce and training needs in these areas. Supports the development of new or enhancement of existing postdoctoral dental residency training programs in general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and dental public health.

Funds may be used to plan, develop, and implement projects in community-based training sites and must focus on at least 1 of the following areas:

  • Providing care to underserved and/or vulnerable communities
  • Developing/expanding rural training sites
  • Dental public health

Program objectives include:

  • Building dentists' capacity to successfully care for patients with complex medical needs and address their social determinants of health (SDOH)
  • Increasing the number of dentists who are trained to manage oral health programs, evaluate systems of care, and develop oral health status surveillance systems
  • Enhancing the training of, or increasing the number of primary care dentists trained in postdoctoral programs located in rural areas
  • Encouraging primary care dentists to practice dentistry in rural, underserved, or vulnerable communities after completing postdoctoral training programs

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling:

  • $450,000 per year for a single discipline
  • $650,000 per year for collaborative, multi-disciplines

Project period: 5 years
Estimated number of awards: Up to 28
Estimated total annual program funding: $13,000,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants are entities that have programs in dental schools, or approved residency or advanced education programs in the practice of general, pediatric, or public health dentistry, including:

  • Dental schools
  • Public or private nonprofit hospitals
  • Other public or private nonprofit entities, including faith-based and community-based organizations
  • Tribes and tribal organizations

Eligible postdoctoral training programs must be accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Applicants are encouraged to address 1 of the following program priorities:

  • Combating opioid use disorder and mental health issues
  • Initiatives for improved care quality and delivery of value-based care
  • Workforce transformation centered on targeting needs
  • Telehealth
  • Childhood obesity
  • Maternal mortality

The Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) defines rural areas as geographical areas residing in non-metropolitan counties, or areas within metropolitan counties that the Federal Officer of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) designate as rural. To determine whether a county or specific address is designated as rural for this funding opportunity, search the location in the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other relevant information can be found in the funding announcement.

Applicant frequently asked questions


For additional information or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues:
Latisha Nibblett

For programmatic or technical questions:
Jennifer Holtzman, DDS, MPH

Topics This Program Addresses

Education and Training • Health and Wellness • Healthcare Workforce • Mental Health • Opioids • Teleservices and Technology