Program Description

The purpose of this program is to increase the number and quality of the oral health workforce by assisting dental training programs to attract, develop, and retain dental faculty through both loan repayment and faculty development activities. Award recipients must establish, maintain, or improve a dental faculty development program in primary care to prepare and support faculty for successful academic careers focused on enhancing training for students and/or residents in general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, dental public health, or dental hygiene.

Award recipients must also create and manage a dental faculty loan repayment program for selected individuals who agree to serve as full-time faculty members and perform at least 50% of their faculty duties in a community-based primary care setting. Individual recipients of the loan repayment program are paid an amount equal to 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30% respectively, of their student loan balance upon completion of each successive year of service, for up to five years. Faculty loan repayment recipients must participate in the faculty development program.

General Program Requirements

Eligible applicants are accredited dental or dental hygiene schools, public or private not-for-profit hospitals, or other pubic or not for profit entities, which the Secretary has determined is capable of carrying out such a grant. Eligible entities include entities that have programs in dental or dental hygiene schools, or approved residency or advanced education programs in the practice of general, pediatric, or public health dentistry. Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply if otherwise eligible.

Eligible entities may partner with schools of public health for the education of dental students, residents or dental hygiene students for a master’s in public health in an accredited program.

Training activities must be conducted by an accredited entity; therefore, either the applicant or a partner organization responsible for the dental or dental hygiene training must be accredited.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For more information about all this and other potential HRSA funding opportunities, please visit the HRSA Open Opportunities page.

Program Contact Information

Thomas Vallin
Project Officer

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.059
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Non-Tribal Entities
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)34
Length of Program5 years
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes

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