K12-Multidisciplinary Training in TMJ disorders/Pain: Integrating Basic, Translational and Clinical Research

Candidates must submit the Phase I application.  All materials should be as a single PDF file to the Administrator, Reina Burdie (  The final application materials must include:


1.      K12 application listing the candidate’s name, title, department, contact information, mentor’s name and   citizenship status.

2.      Candidate’s Curriculum Vitae

3.      NIH-format Biosketch

4.      Research Plan (not to exceed 3 pages, 1.5 spaced in 12-point type font)

Research plan should include:

a.      Provide a summary of the research proposed, including information on work done to date

b.      State specific research objectives

c.      Describe concisely the method of approach for the proposed research

d.      Demonstrate the relevance of the candidate’s background and previous work (as well as the Background and previous work of the Mentor)

e.      Note: The three-page limit applies only to the Research Plan itself.

5.      Letter of Support from the applicants’ Department Chair

6.      Statement of Commitment

The subject heading of the email should be "K12-TMJ Career Development Program”


The following eligibility terms apply:

i.   Candidates must hold an MD, PhD, DDS, DVM or an equivalent degree.

ii.   Candidates to be supported by the institutional career development program must be at the postdoctoral or junior faculty level, or established investigators redirecting their research focus to TMJD or orofacial pain, and must be committed to developing a research career in these areas.

iii.   Candidates must be working under the guidance of a Mentor– a scientist capable of providing mentorship. Candidates are expected to devote a minimum of 9 person-months (75% of full-time professional effort) during the appointment on the K12 award.

iv.   Candidates must meet NIH K12 guidelines (US citizens or permanent residents).

v.   Candidates should have a background in research areas of expertise including, but are not limited to, genetics, stem cell biology/tissue engineering, biobehavioral research, epidemiology, neuroplasticity, or neurodegeneration, physiology/genetics, and imaging/biomechanics.

vi.   Candidates must demonstrate a strong interest in becoming independent principal investigators, managing their own multidisciplinary research team and obtaining appropriate independent funding for such endeavors.