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The ADA Foundation engages in research to improve the oral health of the public and advance the science of dentistry through collaborations with government, industry and the dental profession. Please see the below program descriptions and guidelines for complete information, and check this website for updates.

ADA Foundation Research Division

For complete information, visit the ADA Foundation Research Division area of this website. 

ADA Foundation Research-related Opportunities

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ADA Foundation Crest and Oral-B Promising Researcher Award 

Purpose: The ADA Foundation Crest and Oral-B Promising Researcher Award promotes and recognizes excellence in oral health research by providing financial assistance for promising researchers to pursue a career in research that advances preventive dentistry.

Application Period:  The 2020 application period has not yet been determined. Please visit this website in October, 2019 for more information.

Eligibility Requirements: The minimum qualifications for those nominated include degree candidates who conduct oral health research in preventive dentistry while enrolled in one of the following degree programs at an eligible institution*:

  • D.D.S. or D.M.D.
  • D.D.S./D.M.D. and Ph.D. dual degree
  • Ph.D. or equivalent
  • M.P.H., M.S. or equivalent

*Eligible institution is an accredited public, nonprofit, or privately owned profit making college, university, vocational school, or postsecondary education institution that is eligible to participate in a student aid program administer by the U.S. Department of Education.

Dollar Amount and Number of Awards: One award of $5,000 annually. The award funds can be used to pay for expenses to attend and/or to present at scientific conference(s), including registration fees, travel expenses, meals, and lodging, if applicable. With the approval from the selection committee, the award money may also be used to cover the research related expenses. A written summary of how the award funds would be used by the applicant must accompany the application at the time of submission.

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ADA Foundation Dentsply Sirona Research Award for Dual Degree (D.D.S./Ph.D. or D.M.D./Ph.D.) Candidates

To apply: Complete the online application (use this worksheet to prepare). You will be taken to a third party website to compete the application. Submit your application by 11:59 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 21, 2019 (deadline extended from May 31, 2019). 

Purpose: The purpose of the ADA Foundation Dentsply Sirona Research Award for Dual Degree Candidates is to promote and recognize excellence in oral health research by providing financial assistance to dual degree candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in research that advances the oral health of the public.

Application Period: The application period opens on Friday, April 5 and closes at 11:59 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 21, 2019.

Eligibility Requirements:  Dual degree candidates (defined below) who are U.S. citizens in good academic standing and are currently enrolled in an eligible program (defined below) may apply. A "dual degree candidate” is defined as an individual pursuing both a D.M.D./D.D.S. degree and a Ph.D. either simultaneously, or in sequence within a period of five years from the completion of the first degree and the start of the second. An “eligible program” means a program at a U.S. public, nonprofit or privately owned college or university accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Dollar Amount and Number of Awards:  The Award will provide funds up to $10,000 for one awardee to fund expenses to attend the AADR SCADA competition and, in addition, may be used to defray the cost of one or more of the following:
•    A research project approved by the ADA Foundation; and/or
•    Attending one or more scientific conferences in order to further his/her knowledge or skills; and/or presenting his/her findings at such scientific conference.

Summer Scholars Fellowship Program

Purpose: The ADA Foundation Volpe Research Center annually appoints one or two young investigators to its Summer Scholars Fellowship Program. Since its inception in 1940, the program has been a way to apply classroom and lab experience to real world scenarios. Currently supported by the ADA Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the program has given many talented students (undergraduate and dental school) the chance to participate in basic research at the VRC, as well as gain hands-on experience in the clinical theater; working side-by-side with their mentors, while becoming part of the research process.

Application Period and Eligibility: The application period varies. Please email for information.

Dollar Amount and Number of Fellowships: Varies