The 2021 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition is now a 100% Virtual Experience!



The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) received funding from the National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH-NIDCR) to support travel for dental students and NIDCR-supported trainees to the IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition for presentation of scientific papers on dental research. If granted, qualified individuals will be selected to receive funds on the basis of the quality of an abstract accepted for presentation at the Meeting. (Grant No. R13DE030343-01)

As the IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition is now a 100% virtual experience, the funds will be used to support meeting registration costs  for qualified individuals. .

The IADR Program Committee and IADR Groups will review abstracts submitted by individuals applying for travel grant funds, and the IADR Program Committee will make the final selection of the travel grant recipients. The Program Committee will base its decision on and assign high priority to: 1) originality of research design, 2) innovations in technique, and 3) scientific merit.

Preference will be given to first-time applicants and those who have received the Bloc Travel Grant only one time previously.


To be eligible for a travel grant, applicants must be:

  • Dental students enrolled in accredited U.S. dental schools (at the time of submission) or NIDCR-supported trainees.
  • Must be a citizen or non-citizen national of the United States or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., in possession of a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or some other legal verification of such status). Non-citizen nationals are generally persons born in outlying possessions of the United States (e.g., American Samoa and Swains Island).
  • Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to apply for this award.



To apply you must select the AADR Bloc Travel Grant for Students and fill out the eligibility requirements when submitting your abstract for the IADR General Session.

Program Evaluation Report:

Award recipients and their Faculty Advisors will be required to provide a follow-up report containing an evaluation of the program and outlining the career paths of the recipient which relate to continued research activities. Failure to provide the follow-up reports will result in the student having to refund award monies. Information about these evaluations will be sent to recipients after the meeting.

Travel Grantee Evaluation Report:

Through the evaluation process, the AADR and NIDCR seek to learn what the grantees obtained from participating in an international meeting, both short- and long-term benefits. The AADR will request from each grantee, within 60 days of the meeting, a formal report on the overall experience, with a narrative description of future professional goals and research objectives.

Faculty Advisor Travel Grant Evaluation Report:

A key element of the travel grant program evaluation is the active involvement of the mentor or sponsor of each participating student, trainee, or fellow. The AADR will request a one-time follow-up report from the faculty advisor on the student’s experience.


Anthony Jones
Awards, Fellowships and Grants Coordinator

Prior Recipients of the AADR Bloc Travel Grant.