Seed Grant Program

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics seed grant program provides funds for:

  • innovative projects from early-career investigators, or

  • established investigators who are developing a new line of research.

The goal of these grants is to encourage research and generate data that will enable the awardees to be competitive for peer-reviewed national funding agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health.

Program Success

The program has been extremely successful thus far. For the twelve researchers whose projects were funded in 2020, they submitted a total of 10 R01 grant proposals, 3 R21 grant proposals, and 4 R03 grant proposals since January 2021. The collegiate administration is proud of the success of the seed program thus far and fully expects the success to continue.

“The on-going success of our past recipients is a testament to the college’s major investment in growing its research profile,” said Associate Dean Xie.

Because of the college’s commitment to its research mission, the College of Dentistry recently became ranked 10th in the country, and 2nd in the Big 10, with over $6.4M in the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) funding.

Previous Seed Grant Awardees

Seed Grant

The College of Dentistry Announces 2021 Seed Grant Awards

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry is pleased to announce the 2021 Seed Grant Awards. This is the second year of the seed grant program, and these grants fund innovative projects from early-career investigators or established investigators who are developing a new line of research.

Research Proposal Advisory Panel (2020-2023)

Robert Cornell

Robert A. Cornell

PhD (Chair of the Panel) Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Jeff Banas

Jeffrey A. Banas

PhD, Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research

Dr. Pete Damiano

Peter C. Damiano

DDS, MPH, Bernstein Professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, University of Iowa Public Policy Center

David Drake

David Drake

PhD, Professor, Department of Endodontics and Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research

Steve Levy

Steven M. Levy

DDS, MPH, Wright-Bush-Shreves Endowed Professor of Research, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry

Erica Teixeira

Erica Teixeira

DDS, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Operative Dentistry

George Weiner

George Weiner

MD, CE Block Chair of Cancer Research