£200k dental research funding up for grabs

Applications for funding for research projects in two areas are being sought by the Shirley Glasstone Hughes Trust Fund this year.

Bids for the 2011 competition are invited for research projects that explore one of two questions: • Does dentists’ fear have an adverse effect on clinical decision making?
• Which dental liners under amalgam restorations have greater patient benefit?

The questions have been selected after a review of 12 topics suggested by users of the Primary Care Dentistry Research Forum, an online community that helps general dental practitioners to shape the research agenda.

A maximum of £200,000 of funding is available to the successful applicant(s).

The successful projects are expected to begin in January 2012 and should be of no more than three years’ duration.

Bids are welcomed from UK-based candidates only and will be judged on criteria including their originality, relevance to quality enhancement in primary dental care and the involvement of dental practitioners in the research.

Full details of the award and how to apply are available at www.bda.org/dentists/policy-research/research-overview/shirley-glasstone.aspx.

The deadline for applications is 19 September.

The trustees of the fund are expected to announce which bids have been successful by the end of November. Dental practitioners are also encouraged to submit topics for consideration for the 2012 shortlist.

They can do so by logging on to the primary care dentistry research forum at www.dentistryresearch.org.

• The competition ran for the first time in its present format in 2010. The winning bid was from a research project that is investigating the effect of social deprivation on oral health in outer north-east London. It is expected to report in July 2012.

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