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Deadline: January 17, 2022

The IADR Joseph Lister Award for New Investigators is managed by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and supported by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. The Awards Competition was created to award new investigators with original research in oral disease prevention or oral health promotion.


The award is for new investigators within 10 years of their first academic appointment. Research must have been initiated and conducted during this time.

Candidates must be a current full member of the IADR at the time of submission and entry into the competition.

Candidates must have an abstract accepted for the IADR General Session & Exhibition and meet all of the requirements for an accepted abstract, i.e. not presented or published elsewhere (unless it was a local Joseph Lister Award Competition to select the region representative.)


Application Procedures:


An abstract must be submitted to the Global Headquarters for the IADR General Session & Exhibition by the meeting abstract deadline, adhering to the usual submission procedures. If the applicant meets all of the eligibility requirements, they can self-select by ticking a box to enter the IADR Joseph Lister Award for New Investigators.

Applicants may not apply simultaneously for the IADR Hatton Awards Competition or other travel grants supporting travel to this General Session.

Selection Process:

All eligible abstracts will be reviewed by the IADR Joseph Lister Award Committee for research originality and potential for public health impact.

Ten (10) finalists will be selected, including at least one person from each of the following IADR regions:  North America (Canada, United States, and Mexico), Latin America, Europe (including Israel), Africa/Middle East, and Asian/Pacific region (including the Indian sub-continent, Asia, China, Australia/New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, excluding Hawaii and Guam). Two(2) finalists will be the two winners from the AADR Joseph Lister Competition. All finalists will be notified in writing before the meeting. Finalists will be accepted to present in oral presentation format only for the Competition. (Finalists will be scheduled a second time to present their science to the general public at the General Session in a poster or oral presentation, depending on final review by the Annual Session Committee.)


During the IADR General Session & Exhibition, the ten (10) finalists will give an oral presentation to the judging committee. Oral presentations will be a total of 15 minutes each, including a 10 minute presentation and 5 minute question and answer period from the Judges.

Finalists will be scheduled a second time to present their science virtually at the General Session in a poster or oral presentation, depending on final review by the Annual Session Committee.


Judging Criteria:

In judging, the Committee will weigh participation as follows: 40% for verbal presentation, 40% for question-and-answer period, and 20% for scientific merit.

The following will be considered:

  1. Originality.
  2. Clarity of Presentation.
  3. Potential for Public Health impact.
  4. Response to Judges’ questions.
  5. Quality of the oral presentation.
  6. Clear plan for next steps with the research.

First and second prize winners will be selected and awarded with a monetary prize, travel stipend and a plaque to be mailed after the meeting.

Award winners will be posted on this page after the meeting.

The awards will consist of the following:
1st Place: $5,000 + $3,000 travel stipend
2nd Place: $3,000 + $3,000 travel stipend
$500 to each of the eight runners up.



Anthony Jones
Awards, Fellowships and Grants Coordinator


View Past Recipients of the IADR Joseph Lister Award for New Investigators