Deadline: October 18, 2021


Supported by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

The AADOCR/CADR Joseph Lister Award for New Investigators is managed by the American Association for Dental, Oral & Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) and supported by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. This Awards Competition was created to award young investigators in the American and Canadian Divisions of the IADR with original research in oral disease prevention or oral health promotion.

The two winners of the competition at the AADOCR/CADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition, will go on to compete in the IADR Joseph Lister Award for New Investigators.




The award is for new investigators within 10 years of their first academic appointment. Research must have been initiated and conducted during this time.

Candidates must be a current full member of the AADOCR at the time of submission and entry into the competition.

Candidates must have an abstract accepted for the AADOCR Annual Meeting & Exhibition and meet all of the requirements for an accepted abstract, i.e. not presented or published elsewhere.


Application Procedures:


An abstract must be submitted to the Global Headquarters for the AADOCR Annual Meeting & Exhibition by the meeting abstract deadline, adhering to the usual submission procedures. If the applicant meets all of the eligibility requirements, they can self-select by ticking a box to enter the AADOCR Joseph Lister Award for New Investigators.

Applicants may not apply simultaneously for the AADOCR Hatton Awards Competition or other travel grants supporting travel to this Annual Meeting.


Selection Process:


All eligible abstracts will be reviewed by the AADOCR Fellowships Committee for research originality and potential for public health impact.

Eight (8) finalists will be selected and notified in writing before the meeting. Finalists will be accepted to present in oral presentation format only for the Competition. (Finalists will be scheduled a second time to present their science to the general public at the General Session in a poster or oral presentation, depending on final review by the Annual Session Committee.)

Fellowships Committee reviews and judges an onsite (or virtual) competition. 

The 2 winners go on to compete in the IADR Joseph Lister Competition.



During the AADOCR Annual Meeting & Exhibition, the eight (8) finalists will give an oral presentation to the judging committee which will be open to all meeting attendees. Oral presentations will be a total of 15 minutes each, including a 10 minute presentation and 5 minute question and answer period from the Judges.

During the IADR General Session, the ten (10) finalists (which include the two recipients from the AADOCR Annual Meeting) will give an oral presentation to the judging committee and will be open to all meeting attendees.

Judging Criteria:

In judging, the Committee will weigh participation as follows: 40% for verbal presentation, 40% for question-and-answer period, and 20% for scientific merit.

The following will be considered:

  1. Originality.
  2. Clarity of Presentation.
  3. Potential for Public Health impact.
  4. Response to Judges’ questions.
  5. Quality of the oral presentation.
  6. Clear plan for next steps with the research.

First and second prize winners will be selected and awarded with a monetary prize, travel stipend and a plaque to be mailed after the meeting. 

Award winners will be posted on this page after the meeting.

The awards will consist of the following:
1st Place: $5,000 + $3,000 travel stipend
2nd Place: $3,000 + $3,000 travel stipend
$500 to each of the six runners up.



Anthony Jones
Awards, Fellowships and Grants Coordinator



Prior Recipients of the AADOCR Lister Award.