CareQuest Institute Seeks Research Proposals

February 14, 2023

Opens Access to Extensive Data Resources   

February 14, 2023 (Boston, MA) CareQuest Institute for Oral Health®, a leading national nonprofit focused on creating a more accessible, equitable, and integrated oral health system, is launching a request for proposals (RFP) to invite researchers to apply to utilize CareQuest Institute data resources to complete a peer-reviewed publication. Research proposals should align with one of six focus areas geared toward building a future where every person can reach their full potential through excellent health. Interested researchers can submit proposals between February 15 and March 24 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

“At CareQuest Institute, collaboration and partnership are key pillars to achieving our mission and this process will introduce us to new voices and ideas in the field,” said Eric Tranby, PhD, director of analytics and data insights at CareQuest Institute. “We are actively searching for innovative and engaging ways to work with researchers and provide them access to our extensive data resources, so that together, we can uncover findings and insights that will help improve the oral health system for everyone.”

CareQuest Institute creates and disseminates actionable research, analytics, and evaluations that providers, policymakers, and advocates use to make informed decisions and improve the oral health care system. Researchers with selected proposals will have access to data resources that include medical, dental, and hospital claims data as well as data from a nationally representative oral health survey developed and conducted by CareQuest Institute. They will also be awarded up to $10,000 for indirect costs.

Proposals should focus on one of the following topic areas:

  • Population oral health;
  • Health system transformation and the impact of oral health integration;
  • Patient care innovations to better classify and predict oral health outcomes and evaluate alternative care approaches (e.g., teledentistry or minimally invasive care) to improve patient access;
  • Factors that influence oral health equity for historically underserved and vulnerable populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, people with physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities; people with low incomes, residents of rural or dental professional shortage areas, pre- and post-natal people, enrollees in government insurance programs, patients with chronic health conditions, veterans, or individuals facing barriers to care due to social determinants of health;
  • Value-based care approaches;
  • Public policies that increase access and affordability of care for vulnerable populations, especially through safety net clinics.

There will be an Online Informational Session on February 21, 2023 at 1 p.m. ET. Members of our research team will be available to answer questions about submitting your proposal. Specific details related to eligibility, proposal requirements and evaluation criteria can be found on our Call for Oral Health Research Proposals page.


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About CareQuest Institute for Oral Health®      

CareQuest Institute for Oral Health® is a national nonprofit championing a more equitable future where every person can reach their full potential through excellent health. We do this through our work in grantmaking, research, health improvement programs, policy and advocacy, and education as well as our leadership in dental benefits and innovation advancements. We collaborate with thought leaders, health care providers, patients, and local, state, and federal stakeholders, to accelerate oral health care transformation and create a system designed for everyone. To learn more, visit and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.    

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