Align Technology opens 2024 Annual Research Award Programme with US$300,000 in awards

The research programme has provided insights into various areas including tooth movement efficacy with clear aligner therapy, oral hygiene and microbial bacteria presence or absence with clear aligners (Image: Ani Kolleshi/ Unsplash)

Align Technology recently announced the opening of its 2024 Annual Research Award Programme which aims to support clinical and scientific dental research in universities across the globe.

Up to US$300,000 will be awarded to university faculty for scientific and technological research initiatives to advance patient care in the fields of orthodontics and dentistry. Align Technology’s Research Award Program has funded approximately $3mil in research since the programme’s inception in 2010.

“This programme is an exciting opportunity for university researchers globally to expand scientific and clinical learnings to elevate patient care. We look forward to the topics and research studies that may ultimately improve treatment outcomes and the quality of life for more patients worldwide,” said Align senior vice president of global clinical, said Dr Mitra Derakhshan.

Awards available for dental research at universities are available in the three regions: the Americas (US, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America) with four one-year awards of up to $25,000 each, the EMEA region with four one-year awards of up to $25,000 each, and the APAC region with four one-year awards of up to $25,000 each.

“Once again, we anticipate receiving a large number of applications to this research programme. The topics submitted throughout the past years have been diverse and often on the forefront of the dental field. Align Technology is proud to fund this research program with the purpose of improving dental care throughout the world,” said Align vice president, product innovation and technical fellow, John Morton.

Eligible applicants for dental research awards include full-time and part-time faculty involved in dental or scientific research at universities where Invisalign treatment or the iTero scanner is available. Research proposals and completed applications must be received by 5pm Pacific Time on 8 Mar 2024, and award recipients will be notified by 3 Jun 2024.

All applications are reviewed by an independent academic committee that forwards its recommendations to Align for final selection. Consideration will be given to first-time applications from a university programme.

Award recipients for the 2023 programme includes University of Washington for the Americas, UniCamillus, International Medical University for EMEA, and Sichuan University for APAC.

Programme details, instructions, and application forms for prospective applicants can be found here.