The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, an agency of the American Dental Association, is responsible for conducting the National Board Dental and Dental Hygiene Examination programs. The purpose of these examination programs is to assist state boards in determining the qualifications of dentists and dental hygienists who seek licensure to practice. These examinations typically fulfill the written examination requirement for U.S. licensing jurisdictions. One of the goals of the Joint Commission is to encourage the improvement of cognitive dental assessment methods. In light of this, in 1998 the Joint Commission established a fund to support research and development and to encourage innovation in testing methods. The fund is entitled Innovative Assessment Methods Research Grant Program (IDEA Grants Program). A copy of the request for proposals can be obtained from Dr. Gene A. Kramer, Department of Testing Services, American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Ave., Sixth Floor, Chicago, IL 60611-2678; firstname.lastname@example.org. All proposals received by the Joint Commission will be reviewed for completeness and evaluated by reviewers familiar with the focus of the proposed research or development activity. The Joint Commission through its Steering Committee will make decisions regarding the final disposition of proposals.