Deadline: March 31, 2018


This is the twelfth year of this research grant, which is generously sponsored by Philips Oral Healthcare and offered through the IADR Periodontal Research Group. The objective is to provide seed funding for a post-doctoral student/staff that is within 12-months of successfully completing a Ph.D. at the time of the submission deadline, and wishes to establish an independent program of research. The research grant will be awarded on a competitive basis annually.The winners to date have been: 2007 - Dr Fa-ming Chen from Fourth Military Medical University Xi’an P.R.China; 2008 - Dr Moritz Kebschull from Columbia University New York; 2009 - Dr Nagihan Bostanci, now of the Karolinska Institute Sweden; 2010 Dr Mandeep Ghuman of Kings College London; 2011 - Dr Katrine Jaedicke from the University of Newcastle; 2012 - Dr Patricia Miguez from the University of Pennsylvania - 2013 Dr Mervi Gürsoy from the University of Turku in Finland; 2014 Dr Paola dePablo from the University of Birmingham UK; 2015 Dr Vanessa Alves from Sao Paolo University; 2016 - Dr Kristina Bertyl of The Medical University of Vienna; and in 2017 the winner was Dr Matthew Mason from The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, for his proposal “The role of the oral microbiome in disruptive modulation of neutrophil responses” who visited the Periodontal Research Group in Birmingham UK during August of 2017. This is a truly global award with a fantastic array of winners from 4 continents.


Applicants must be full or student members of the IADR Periodontal Research Group (PRG) at the time of application.

Applications which involve visiting a laboratory/research centre in a different continent will be favoured, as we wish to encourage global collaborations.

The research proposal must have a clinical theme in line with POHC’s desire to support and promote clinical research. Studies that are purely laboratory-based and not involving human material/samples will not be considered.



  1. A research abstract of no more than 300 words should be submitted to facilitate initial screening.
  2. A 1-page (A4) CV and a 1-page (A4) personal statement are required.
  3. A 2-page (A4) protocol (excluding references which may run to a 3rd page) is required.
  4. The protocol must include the following:
    1. A brief description of the background to the proposed research project with emphasis on its relevance and importance to periodontology.
    2. Clear aims and objectives.
    3. A clear description of the proposed methods, including any power estimates, if applicable.
    4. Confirmation that ethical review board approval will be sought if relevant. The project may not commence unless these approvals are in place and in accordance with international standards.
    5. Statistical methods.
    6. Broad details of the proposed use of funding.
    7. Methods of knowledge dissemination.
  5. A letter of recommendation is needed from the applicant’s Department Head or Dean, who should be a member of the IADR PRG.
  6. A letter of agreement/support from any proposed collaborating centre.
  7. Confirmation of the applicant’s IADR membership number in a covering letter.



All awards will be presented during the annual business meeting of the PRG during the IADR 96th General Session & Exhibition in London, UK 25th - 28th July 2018.  The amount of the grant is US$10,000 towards consumables for a one-year research project and travel costs to a collaborating centre at economy class rates.  The grant is not intended to cover subsistence or living costs.



  • Applications should be submitted electronically to the PRG Past President for 2008 (Professor Iain L.C. Chapple, Birmingham Dental School, St. Chads, Whieensway, Birmingham B4 6NN - email:
  • The judging panel will comprise the PRG President, Immediate Past-President, Secretary, and a senior representative of POHC. 
  • Applications that exceed the word limit (for abstracts) and page limit (for protocol and CV and references) will not be assessed.
  • The main judging criteria will be relevance/importance and scientific quality, but an upward moderation will apply for intercontinental collaborative applications.
  • No panel member should have a personal interest in the participating projects.
  • Successful applicants will be notified within a month of the IADR meeting.
  • Any applicant not receiving notification up to the IADR meeting should assume they have been unsuccessful on that occasion.
  • The decision of the panel will be final and not open to appeal.
  • The winner will be the proposal with the highest total rank score of the four judges (1st = 4, 2nd =3, 3rd =2, 4th =1).
  • In the case of a tie, the applicant with the greatest number of first rank scores will be awarded the grant, OR preference will be given to a project that involves intercontinental collaboration.
  • If there remains a tie, the Panel’s Chair will make the final decision.
  • The PRG reserves the right to withhold an award.


Abstract Deadline: March 31, 2018


For further information concerning this award, please contact:

Iain L. C. Chapple
Professor of Periodontology
Past President of the IADR Periodont Research Group 2007-2008
Birmingham School of Dentistry
St Chads Queensway
B4 6NN


Past Recipients

2018 Recipient
Simone Marconcini, Istituto Stomatologico Toscano, Italy

2017 Recipient
Matthew Mason, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

2016 Recipient
Kristina Bertyl, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

2015 Recipient
Vanessa Tubero Euzebio Alves, The Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

2014 Recipient
Paola de Pablo, The University of Birmingham, UK.

2013 Recipient
Mervi Gursoy, University of Turku, Finland

2012 Recipient
Patricia Miguez, University of Pennsylvania, USA

2011 Recipient
Katrin Jaedicke, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

2010 Recipient
Mandeep Ghuman, King's College, London, UK

2009 Recipient
Nagihan Bostanci, Zurich University, Switzerland

2008 Recipient
Moritz Kebschull, Columbia University, New York

2007 Recipient
Fa-ming Chen, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi'an P.R. China