Research Grants


Applications are made directly to the ADRF.

If you are a researcher interested in undertaking a dental or oral health research project, you are invited to apply for grants.  The highest ranked applications in the following areas are generously funded by the Foundation's Award sponsors.  The Foundation thanks the Award sponsors for their support.

Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) Research Grant
The Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) Research Award until 2015 provided an additional $7,500 to the primary applicant for the highest-ranked research grant application. From 2016, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) Research Grant will provide up to $25,000 for a single grant. As part of the conditions, the Researchers of the Award must agree to work with the ADIA to raise Awareness of the Grant, the ADRF and the research it is funding. 

Dr Reginald and Pamela Hession Award
Thanks to extremely generous donations made by Dr Reginald Hession AM OMLJ KLJ, it is possible to make available funding for the ‘Reginald and Pamela Hession Award’.  Every second year, commencing in 2008 a travel grant or other submitted program of surpassing merit will be funded.

GC Australasia Dental Pty Ltd
The GC Australasia Dental Pty Ltd, Minimum Intervention Dentistry Award provides $5,000 annually for the promotion of research in this field. 

International College of Dentists - Australasian Section​
The International College of Dentists - Australasian Section - ICD Award provides $5,000 for single projects.
In 2019, the International Collge of Dentists establihsed the ICD Syd Dobbin AM Grant which is a $5,000 Award for the 2019 grant offering. 

Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia
The Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia Research Award disperses $2,000 annually to supplement the highest-ranked application in this field.

Australian Dental Association WA Branch Research Awards
The ADA WA Branch support three grants, as follows for up to $5,000 each to the University of Western Australia: 

  • ADAWA DMD Student Grant 
  • ADAWA DClin Dent Student Grant
  • ADAWA Clinical Dentistry Student Grant
  • In 2019, the Australian Dental Association Western Australian Branch advised they would fund a second ranked UWA Doctor of Dental Medicine student applicant to receive a grant of $3,000.  

Clark Family Award
The Clark Family Research Award is a $10,000 annual research grant supported by Pam, Bill and Allison Clark. It is awarded to the highest ranked application in the area of clinical dentistry with a sole focus on sustainability, or an area of research where sustainability in dentistry is either a major focus or a significant by-product of the project.
Sustainability is imperative to dentistry and it is most thoughtful and fitting that the Clark Family have proposed to support this important area of research.

Straumann Group Award
The Straumann Group Award is offered to research to improve knowledge in the area of implantology and tooth replacement solutions. The award is offered as an annual $5,000 award. The Foundation is extremely proud to administer this award on behalf of the Straumann Group.

Piksters Periodontal Award
Dr Craig Erskine-Smith provides generous annual support of $10,000 towards clinical research in periodontics or restorative dentistry. The highest ranked application in this field secure the Piksters Periodontal Award. 

Applications open mid-January and must be received no later than 31 March each year via the 
ADRF grants upload page; late applications cannot be considered. Applicants must fill out and upload the Grant Application Form.