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Supported by:

Osteology Foundation

Deadline: January 31, 2022

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The Osteology Foundation promotes research, education and collaboration between universities and industry in the field of oral and maxillofacial tissue regeneration. The Osteology Foundation aims to bridge the gap between scientific progress and clinical practice, as well as between academic and industrial researchers in the field of oral tissue regeneration.

Funding research into all aspects of oral tissue regeneration is a core task of the Osteology Foundation. 

Applications will be accepted from new investigators for one competitive award of up to $75,000 provided to the recipient. 

The IADR Osteology Foundation New Investigator Award in Oral Tissue Regeneration is jointly sponsored by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and the Osteology Foundation, with funding provided exclusively by the Osteology Foundation.

Research topics falling within the scope of the award are:

  1. Hard and soft tissue biology: clinical aspects
  2. Novel bone and soft tissue substitute materials
  3. Local factors affecting oral tissue regeneration
  4. Systemic diseases with an impact on oral tissue regeneration
  5. Pharmacological aspects of oral tissue regeneration
  6. Inflammatory conditions, e.g. periodontitis or peri-implantitis

Eligibility Criteria 

Recipient must:

  • be a current member of, the IADR and Osteology Foundatin. Applicant PIs who are not current members of both organizations at the time of application submission are ineligible.
  • be an IADR full member for at least two consecutive years at the time of application 
  • be a free registered member of The Box – the Global Osteology Community Platform of the Osteology Foundation
  • hold an academic position as either a post-doctoral trainee or early career academic staff/faculty at an academic institution.   
  • be within five years of obtaining last terminal degree by award deadline


An expert review panel of judges will consider all proposals received by the deadline. The review panel will include experts acknowledged as leaders in their fields and one member from the Osteology Foundation, who must also be an IADR member. No members of the IADR Board of Directors may serve as members of the review panel.  

Criteria for review will include:

  1. Originality and novelty of the research proposal. 
  2. Clinical relevance and potential importance to oral health.
  3. Evidence of the applicants’ abilities to conduct the proposed research. 
  4. Appropriateness of methodologies and scope. 
  5. Budgetary emphasis should be on additional technical assistance, equipment, etc. related specifically to pursuing the research or method rather than providing significant salary support for principal investigators. PIs and scientific staff salaries combined cannot be more than 25% of the total grant amount. 

The IADR and Review Committee will treat all application materials submitted for consideration for funding in a confidential manner. The IADR and Review Committee members will not use application materials submitted by prospective awardees and evaluation materials for any purposes other than those related to the acceptance and evaluation of applications or the administration of awards.

The Osteology Foundation shall not use, disclose, or transfer for any purpose other than the award Programs any information or intellectual property disclosed in the course or as part of the Award Programs.


Proposals are limited to:

  • Research Plan, (not to exceed 12 pages).
    The research plan should be divided into:
    1. Hypothesis and Specific Aims - Indicate the hypothesis that forms the basis for the research and the specific aims that applicant intends to accomplish with this Award.
    2. Background and Significance - Discuss the scientific and gap of knowledge to be filled that led to the stated hypothesis and specific aims, why this project is novel, the importance of the proposed research and its potential relevance, if successful.
    3. Preliminary Results - If preliminary results are available, they should be described.
    4. Research Design and Methods - Briefly describe the procedures and methodology that will be used to accomplish the specific aims, and discuss how potential pitfalls might be avoided. 
    5. Time Frame - Provide an estimated time for accomplishing key goals. If the proposed work is likely to take longer than two years, indicate the total time frame and overall scope of the project, and what applicant hopes to accomplish.
    6. Literature Cited - Provide a short list (not more than 30) of applicable literature citations.
    7. Resources - Specify what general laboratory/office facilities are at applicant’s disposal to conduct the research. Indicate what specialized equipment and facilities are required.
  • Consultant/Collaborative/Contractual Arrangements - If needed, include letters verifying any consulting, collaborative, or contractual arrangements necessary for the conduct of the research. (This is submitted separately in the application process).
  • Biographical Sketch, (not to exceed 2 pages).
    The sketch should include the applicant's name and position title. This should be followed by education/training information (earliest training and degree first) and research and professional experiences (concluding with the current position) such as used for NIH awards. Complete references to all recent and/or relevant scientific/clinical publications should be included.
  • Budget. A completed budget form is required for acceptance. Please supply explanation and justification where necessary. Link to form included in onsite application. 
  • Tables and figures are included in the 12-page limit.
  • No appendices (other than investigator's biosketch and letters of support) are allowed.
  • A title for the project and an abstract of no more than 350 words should also be provided by the applicant.

Award Policies and Conditions

IADR shall be responsible for establishing and enforcing all rules and regulations concerning the granting of Award and complying with all applicable laws, rules and regulations.

Successful applicants/institutions will be required to sign a Letter of Agreement and Acceptance concerning the conditions and policies under which the grant is awarded prior to receipt of the Award.

The IADR Osteology Foundation New Investigator Award in Oral Tissue Regeneration grant is not renewable and is a one-time only award.

Financial Administration and Reports

The Award will be made to the grantee institution and not to the individual. The investigator(s) is responsible for the scientific conduct of the research and the institution is responsible for financial and administrative matters. The institution is responsible for administration of the funds in accordance with acceptable policies and procedures for sponsored project accounting and in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Award. The Award is transferrable to another institution should the PI move to another institution. A written request must be sent to IADR for approval.

A final report should be submitted to IADR at the completion of the project or after two (2) years, whichever comes first.

IADR and the Osteology Foundation reserve the right to make no Award.

Human Subjects, Radiation Safety and Environmental Health Issues

All research conducted as part of the IADR Osteology Foundation New Investigator Award in Oral Tissue Regeneration involving human subjects or animals shall follow all applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines and, if involving human subjects or otherwise appropriate, have the approval of the relevant Institutional Review Board (IRB). Copies of the IRB approval must be submitted prior to funding of the Award.


All presentations and publications (as well as posters and/or abstracts at scientific meetings) that result from the support provided by the Award should acknowledge such support in writing. The following citation is suggested: "Funding for this project [research title], has been provided through an Osteology Foundation New Investigator Award in Oral Tissue Regeneration, conducted by the International Association for Dental Research and sponsored by the Osteology Foundation."

Award Presentation

This award will be presented at the IADR General Session & Exhibition. The recipient name and information will be posted on the IADR and Osteology Foundation websites as well as through an IADR press release and through social media channels by both organizations.

The recipient will receive up to $75,000 and required to sign a Letter of Agreement and Acceptance. Fifty percent of the award funds will be paid upon acceptance, 45% after the first annual report is received and 5% after the final report is received.


Anthony Jones
Awards, Fellowships and Grants Coordinator

Prior Recipients of the IADR Osteology Foundation New Investigator Award in Oral Tissue Regeneration