Align Technology Inc, San Jose, Calif, announced that its 2019 Research Award Program to support clinical and scientific dental research in universities around the world is now open. This year, up to $300,000 will be awarded to university faculty for scientific and technological research initiatives to advance patient care in the fields of orthodontics and industry.
“Through our Research Award Program, Align Technology has funded approximately $2 million in research awards since its inception in 2010 providing insights which include intraoral scanning and patient experience, quality of life changes, as well as insights into the biochemical markers of bone metabolism during early orthodontic tooth movement with clear aligners. We are committed to enabling research in orthodontics and dentistry with a goal to improve orthodontic and dental treatment for communities around the globe,” said Zelko Relic, Align Technology vice president research and development.
Awards available for 2019 are four 1-year awards of up to $25,000 each for dental research at universities in the Americas (includes Canada, Latin America, and South America), four 1-year awards of up to $25,000 each for dental research at universities in EMEA, and four 1-year awards of up to $25,000 each for dental research at universities in APAC.
Eligible applicants for the dental research award component include full- and part-time faculty involved in dental or scientific research at universities at which Invisalign® treatment is available. All applications are reviewed by an independent academic committee that forwards its recommendations to Align Technology for final selection.
Program details, instructions, and application forms for prospective applicants can be found at https://learn.invisalign.com/researchawards for Americas’ applicants and https://learn.invisalign.com/internationalresearch for EMEA and APAC applicants. Research proposals and completed applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on March 1, 2019. Award recipients will be notified by June 3, 2019.