The AAOMR-XDR grant is an Early-stage Faculty Innovative Research Award, supported by XDR Radiology. It is intended to foster the growth of early career oral and maxillofacial radiologists and the future of our specialty by promoting bold, innovative, high-risk, high-reward, imaging-sciences, pilot research projects that can lead to grant support from governmental and private funding agencies such as the NIH and NSF. Awardees will be required to present their findings at Annual Sessions of the AAOMR, and submit annual progress reports and closing descriptions of their projects. Awardees will be expected to publish their findings in refereed scientific journals.


Up to two awards will be given annually. The amounts awarded will be determined by the AAOMR Corporate Grant Review ad-hoc committee based on the quality and numbers of applications. The award funds will be disbursed through the applicant’s university/institution. The funding period will last 1-2 years.  


Eligibility is limited to applicants who satisfy all of the below criteria:

  • Early-career oral and maxillofacial radiologists, within ten years of graduation from a CODA accredited OMR graduate program. (e.g. for the application date of November 2017, the applicant must be graduated on or after July 2007)
  • Must be an active member of, or have submitted an application to the AAOMR.
  • Have a full-time or part-time faculty appointment in a North American Dental School/Research Institute.
  • Rank no higher than assistant professor at the time of application
  • The applicant may only submit one application as a PI. The applicant may serve as a co-Investigator on one application and as a PI on another application or as co-investigator on multiple applications.

Candidates with current or recent (within the last 2 years) intramural/extramural grant support (totaling more than $5,000) are not eligible to apply


The applicant must submit the following materials:

  1.  A research application following NIH R21 format limited to 3 pages, including abstract: background, objective, hypothesis, specific aims, expected outcomes, significance, research design, potential problems/alternative methods. The background should not be a literature review, but a concise and focused review of literature directly relevant to the proposed research.

  2.  A budget with justification/explanation.  The maximum award amount per application will be  $20,000.  Use of awarded funds are limited to direct research related expenses and cannot be used to support salary, indirect costs or travel. Limited funds may be requested to support salaries for research personnel (research assistants, postdoctoral fellows or students), and for  statistical or image analysis support.
  3. A concise curriculum vitae following the NIH-bio sketch format, including OMR training, past and present appointments, and past and present research support.

Click here for an application template


The AAOMR requires grantees to submit a progress report by September 1 of the year the grant is awarded, that addresses the accomplishments towards the goal of the project, plans of the next 6-12 months of the project, manuscripts and publications produced, changes in the level and efforts of key personnel on the project, actual or planned challenges or delays in the project and plan for resolving them and significant changes in the study design.

Submission Deadline

Please submit an electronic version of the complete application and supporting documents to Dr. Rujuta Katkar at [email protected] by November 15, 2017.

Time table of grant application/review/award deadlines


Submission Deadline

Review Completed

Award Announcement

Award time period


November 15, 2017

March 5, 2018

March 15, 2018

March 15, 2018 –     February 28, 2019


Review Process

  • The review committee will include members from the AAOMR Corporate Grant Review ad-hoc committee as well as expert members appointed by the president of the AAOMR depending on the topic of the grant.
  • The applications will be evaluated based on the scientific merit, clarity of the proposal, feasibility of experimental design, innovation, and potential for further research that will have an important impact on imaging science in OMFR and patient care. Applications that could yield results to be used as preliminary data for an R01, R21 or R03 NIH application would be highly desirable.


Transfer to a New Principal Investigator

Grants may also be transferred from one Principal Investigator to another with prior approval from AAOMR. When a transfer from one Principal Investigator to another is sought, the original investigator must submit a request in writing, stating the reason for the requested change, with evidence that the proposed new investigator can complete the project. Also, include a completed biographical information section of AAOMR’s application form and a CV for the proposed new Principal Investigator. The new Principal Investigator must also submit a letter of intent to AAOMR. AAOMR will then notify the Principal Investigator in writing of its decision whether or not to transfer the grant. 


A grant may be cancelled by either party upon 30 days’ written notice. In the event of cancellation by AAOMR, the institution granted the award will be reimbursed for all costs incurred and all non‐cancelled commitments that formed part of the original grant that was approved. In the event of cancellation by the institution granted the award, any unexpended funds that have been advanced by AAOMR should be refunded to AAOMR. 

Progress Report

At the end of the first year of any two‐year grant, the Principal Investigator must submit a progress report, including abstracts and publications of research supported in whole or in part by AAOMR. If there are no published materials credited to the grant, the report should be no more than three typed pages and include any progress made on the specific aims as outlined in the grant application or other relevant information illustrating the status of the grant. At the discretion of AAOMR, funds for the second year of the grant may be withheld based on the progress report or if progress reports are not submitted. 

Final Scientific Report

Within three months of the completion of the grant period, AAOMR requires a final comprehensive report to outline the project’s accomplishments. The final report must include a scientific summary, a plain language summary and a scientific report. The scientific report can be up to 3,000 words (plus reference section) and should include outcomes and describe achievements related to the initial proposal. A list of publications resulting from the project should also be included.

Electronic copies of all publications or manuscripts in press must be included with the final report. Electronic copies of any publication published after the final report is submitted should be forwarded to AAOMR as soon as they are available. 

Final Financial Report

A final report of expenditures must be submitted within three months of the termination of the grant, together with the refund of any unexpended funds. Unexpended funds from an existing grant may only be carried forward as a no‐cost extension to the grant term with the written permission of AAOMR.

AAOMR is not responsible for the over‐expenditure of grant funds, for commitments against a grant not paid within 60 days after termination or for expenditures made before the starting date of a grant.