A joint initiative of the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), the Australian Dental Research Foundation (ADRF) plays a vital role in funding research into dentistry through the yearly awarding of grants and scholarships.

Since its founding in 1970 by Mr Colin Cormie, OBE, Chairman of the Australian Dental Trade Association, predecessor to ADIA, the ADRF has funded well over 2,050 annual grants and scholarships totaling $3.5 million.

The ADRF have been responsible for introducing many leading dental academics and researchers to the field of dental research and remain a major source of funding advances in dental knowledge and practice.