Student Research Training Award SRTA provides $12,500 over two years to dental education programs offering research opportunities. Its objective is to attract highly qualified health profession students to OMS research and practice.

2020 Student Research Training Awardees

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Dr. Brian Kinard, Program Director
  • Loma Linda University
  • Dr. Jayini Thakker, Program Director

After approval, funding will be disbursed in January of the following year.

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Purpose of the Award
  1.  Attract highly qualified health profession students to biomedical and behavioral research applicable to oral and maxillofacial surgery.
  2.  Increase the number and quality of investigators within the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
  3.  Interest dental  students in the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
  4.  Provide additional support to institutions where there are active and productive programs of oral and maxillofacial surgery research.
Eligibility of Applicants
  1. Departments and or/divisions of oral and maxillofacial surgery within schools of dentistry and teaching hospitals accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA) are eligible to compete for grants to support the training program. 
  2. The Student Research Training Award (SRTA) program director must be an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is a faculty member within a department and/or division of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
  3. The SRTA program director of the oral and maxillofacial surgery department at the applicant institution must be a fellow or member in good standing of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and must be a donor of the OMS Foundation.
  4. The SRTA program director must have a demonstrated record of success in conducting research and in establishing research activities within the department.
  5.  Applicant institutions must have the staff and facilities to support the research training awards.
Conditions of the Award
  1. Maximum disbursement for this award is $12,500.
  2. The award period is two years beginning the year after approval in January. 
  3.  The SRTA is to be used to support five student research trainees' stipend, to purchase items at the discretion of the student with approval of the program director and travel at a per student allocation of $2,500 each. Up to $500 of the $2,500 per student allocation may be used to support travel to a national or international meeting to present the results of the OMS Foundation research project.
  4.  Additional funds required to carry out the program are to be obtained from other sources. The program budget, as well as a statement of assurance that the funds to support the budget will be available, must accompany the application. 
  5.  The five student research training awards must be completed by December 31, 2 years after the beginning of the period covered by the award.
    • The program director will be responsible for selecting a research mentor for the trainees.
    • The trainee's mentor will be responsible for designing and overseeing the work during the period of the award and for assuring that a progress report is completed.
    • Students are required to commit at least 240 hours per project to the research program during the period of the award.
  6.  A report of the outcomes of the research trainee conducted during the period of the award must be prepared by the program director/designee. These reports must be submitted to the OMS Foundation within six months of completion of the training program. 
Application Procedures
  1.  All applications must be submitted online via our grant portal. Click on the "Apply Here" button above during the application open period to begin an application. 
  2.  A link to the most current NIH bitosketch format will be provided in the body of the application. Only the most current NIH biosketch format will be accepted.
  3.  Conformity to the prescribed format will be taken into account in the review process. Applications that have been previously submitted to other funding sources in other formats will be rejected.
  4.  Applications must include descriptions of at least four (4) potential research projects which address clinical problems in oral and maxillofacial surgery or basic biomedical science underlying the practice of the specialty. The role the student trainee will play in the research project and the name of the mentor must be identified. Each of the potential research project descriptions must be no more than one page. 
Review Procedures
  1.  The OMS Foundation Board of Directors will, at its sole discretion, select the Student Research Training Award recipients from recommendations provided  by the Committee on Research. 
  2.  All eligible applications will be reviewed against previously established criteria determined by the Committee on Research and endorsed by the OMS Foundation Board of Directors.