Deadline: December 11, 2020
The Science Awards Committee has the responsibility of selecting awardees from among the nominations of renowned scientists submitted by Association members. The Committee consists of the Science Awards chair and the subcommittee chair for each award. The subcommittee members are composed of the previous award recipients. Appointments are made annually for a period of five years on a rotation basis. Any IADR member may nominate a candidate for a science award. Once a nomination is made, it is considered each year for five years unless the nominee is selected for an award during this period. After the fifth year, the nomination is withdrawn unless a re-nomination is received.
- Science Awards subcommittees are composed of previous winners of the awards; therefore, subcommittee members may not be nominated again for the same award. Members of Science Awards subcommittees may be nominated by another subcommittee. Subcommittee members who have been appointed by the IADR President-elect and who have not already received their subcommittee's award may be nominated for any award; however, appointees must resign if nominated for the award of the subcommittee on which they currently serve.
- ONLY IADR members may be nominated.
- Posthumous nominations are not acceptable.
- Nomination of an individual for more than one award in the same year is discouraged.
- No person should be awarded two IADR Science Awards for the same research, with the exception of the Edward H. Hatton and Young Investigator Awards. Any nominations for a second award must include written evidence that the nomination is for work in a different field of research.
- Nomination of members of the IADR Board of Directors is not allowed. If a new member of the IADR Board is a nominee, their nomination will be suspended for the period of their service on the Board.
- All nominations made within the past five years must be reconsidered in the current selection unless the nominee was selected for an award.
Any IADR member may nominate a candidate for a science award. All nominations must be submitted via the online system.
The following information MUST accompany each nomination and submitted electronically.
Only nominations submitted online will be accepted.
1. Nomination Reason (no more than 2 pages) describing the reasons you are nominating the individual for the particular award; and
2. Curriculum vitae (no more than 10 pages, 1/2 inch margins and font of at least 11 points or larger.)
The award consists of a $3,500 monetary prize and a plaque presented at Opening Ceremonies of the IADR General Session & Exhibition.
Awards, Fellowships and Grants Coordinator
Distinguished Scientist Awards:
Award in Geriatric Oral Research
Supported by GlaxoSmithKline
This award is designed to stimulate, encourage, and recognize outstanding research accomplishments in the field of geriatric oral research. The recipient must have conducted original and important investigations in any of the basic, clinical, or epidemiological sciences (including health services research and behavioral science) associated with geriatric oral research. The award will be based upon the recipient's contributions to the scientific community, the impact of the research, publications in refereed journals, and other scholarly activities. There are no age restrictions. This award, consisting of a monetary prize and a plaque, will be presented annually, provided a worthy recipient is nominated.
Basic Research in Biological Mineralization Award
Supported by Unilever Oral Care
This award is designed to stimulate, encourage, and recognize basic research in the field of biological mineralization. The award consists of a monetaryprize and a plaque.
Evidence must be presented of original thought and accomplishment in the field of calcification. This should include work done on the mechanism of mineralization in biologic systems, including teeth, bone, ectopic deposits, or model systems.
Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research Award
Supported by CareQuest Institute for Oral Health
This award is designed to stimulate and recognize outstanding achievements in the areas of behavioral science and health services research as they relate to dentistry. Evidence must be presented that the nominee has conducted original investigations related to dentistry in any of the disciplines involved with behavioral science or health service research.
Craniofacial Biology Research Award
Supported by Dentsply Sirona
Supported by Dentsply Sirona, this award was established to recognize persons who have contributed to the body of knowledge in craniofacial biology over a significant period of time. It further recognizes these research contributions to be accepted by the scientific community. The criteria will be based on: (a) contributions to the scientific community throughout the applicant’s career; (b) the impact of the research on the particular discipline of craniofacial biology in which the research is done, the profession of dentistry, and health services as a whole; (c) publications in refereed journals; (d) funded research through the peer-review mechanism; and (e) other activities considered to be of a scholarly nature. The award consists of a monetary prize and plaque.
Global Oral Health Research Award
Supported by GlaxoSmithKline
The IADR DSA Global Oral Health Research Award honors Dr. John Greenspan, Professor and Associate Dean for Global Oral Health, Distinguished Professor of Pathology, School of Medicine Attending Pathologist, UCSF Medical Center. He is a Past-President of the AADR and IADR and founding President of the IADR Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network [IADR-GOHIRN] and of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health’s Global Oral Health Interest Group [GOHIG].
The award recognizes scientists who have made outstanding significant scientific contribution; including, but not limited to:
• Research that addresses inequalities in global oral health;
• Research on social determinants of global oral health;
• Research on comparative health systems (two or more countries) in maintaining and improving oral health;
• Research that is common to all oral diseases, rather than focusing on one disease;
• Research that serves to reduce existing global oral health inequalities;
• Translational, transformational, and trans-disciplinary research on global oral health; and,
• Dissemination and implementation research targeted to global oral health.
H. Trendley Dean Memorial Award
Supported by Colgate-Palmolive Company
This award recognizes meritorious research in epidemiology and public health. Support is provided by the Colgate-Palmolive Company. The award, consisting of a plaque and a monetary prize, is presented annually, provided a worthy recipient is nominated.
Isaac Schour Memorial Award
Supported by an endowment provided by Dr. Bernard G. Sarnat and Rhoda G. Sarnat through the Sarnat Family Foundation
The IADR Isaac Schour Memorial Award honors Dr. Isaac Schour, an early leader in international dental research and the 18th President of the IADR (1941-42). Dr. Schour was Professor of Histology (1935-64) and Dean (1955-64) of the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry. The award was funded by the University of Illinois from 1967-1981 and is currently funded through a generous endowment provided by Dr. Bernard G. Sarnat, a former graduate student of Schour, and Rhoda G. Sarnat through the Sarnat Family Foundation. The award recognizes outstanding scientific contributions in the anatomic sciences, including tissue engineering, tissue regeneration, and stem cell research as it relates to the oral, dental, or craniofacial complex. It is intended to confer the highest honor in the field of dental and craniofacial research and honor those scientists who, through research in this field, bring about significant advances in oral health.
Oral Medicine & Pathology Research Award
Established by the IADR Experimental Pathology Group, this award recognizes outstanding and sustained peer-reviewed research that has contributed to the understanding of the mechanisms governing the health and disease of the oral cavity and associated structures, principally encompassing skin, bone, and the oral soft tissue.
Pharmacology/Therapeutics/Toxicology Research Award
Established by the IADR PTT Group, this award recognizes contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms, efficacy, and safety of drugs used to treat dental disease and associated symptoms such as pain and peri-operative apprehension. In practice, this encompasses basic and clinical pharmacology studies of analgesics, anesthetics, sedatives, fluorides, and other drug classes used by dentists. The Award is made for outstanding and sustained peer-reviewed research that has contributed to our knowledge of the mechanisms, efficacy, or safety of drugs used in dentistry.
Pulp Biology and Regeneration Award
Supported by Dentsply Sirona
Supported by Dentsply Sirona, this award was established to recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding research contributions in the field of pulp biology. In order to be eligible, the nominee must have contributed significantly to the body of knowledge in the field of pulp biology through basic or clinical research. There are no age restrictions.
Research in Oral Biology Award
Supported by Church & Dwight Company, Inc.
This award is for outstanding research in any field of oral biology, and is intended to cover those fields not included in other IADR Science Awards. The recipient should not be a recipient of a previous IADR Award other than the Young Investigator Award. This award is supported by Church & Dwight Company, Inc., and consists of a monetary prize and a plaque. Significant research achievements can have been accomplished in either basic sciences or applied clinical sciences.
Research in Periodontal Disease Award
Supported by Colgate-Palmolive Company
Research in Periodontal Disease Award, supported by the Colgate-Palmolive Co., was established to recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding research achievements in research and its translation through clinical research in periodontal disease. The award consists of a monetary prize and a plaque. A nominee shall have accomplished significant research related to periodontal disease, in both basic and/or clinical research.
There is no restriction on age, but at the time of the nomination, the nominee must be actively engaged in the line of research for which the award is made.
Research in Prosthodontics and Implants Award
This award was established to encourage and give recognition to outstanding research accomplishments in the field of prosthodontics, and was expanded in 1990 to include implantology. The award consists of a monetary prize and a plaque. The nominee must have contributed significantly to the basic knowledge related to prosthodontics and implantology. To be considered worthy contributions, clinical studies must be supported soundly by the basic sciences.
Salivary Research Award
Supported by Unilever Oral Care
Designed to stimulate and recognize outstanding and innovative achievements that have contributed to the basic understanding of salivary gland structure, secretion and function, or salivary composition and function. The recipient should not be a recipient of a previous IADR Science Awards other than the Young Investigator Award. This award consists of a monetary prize and a plaque. Significant research achievements can have been accomplished in either basic sciences or applied clinical sciences.
William H. Bowen Research in Dental Caries Award
Supported by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.
This award is designed to stimulate and recognize outstanding and innovative achievements that have contributed to the basic understanding of caries etiology and/or to the prevention of dental caries. The award consists of a monetaryprize and a plaque.
Evidence must be presented that the nominee has conducted original and important investigations in any of the biological or chemical disciplines involved in caries research. Clinical investigations may also be considered if they have contributed significantly to the prevention and control of dental caries. At the time of nomination, the nominee must be actively engaged in the area of research for which the award is presented. Work considered for the award should be fully tested and accepted by the scientific community and must have been published not fewer than ten years prior to the time of the nomination.
Wilmer Souder Award
Supported by an endowment provided by the IADR Dental Materials Group
Initiated in 1955, this is the oldest of the Science Awards. The award honors Dr. Wilmer Souder, the motivating force in establishing the Dental Section at the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology), and is designed to perpetuate the scientific ideals which he exemplified, and to encourage interest in dental materials research. The award is made on the basis of scientific achievement of outstanding quality which has advanced or may reasonably be expected to significantly advance dental service to the public. It is intended to confer the highest honor in the field of dental materials research upon those scientists who, through research in this field, bring about outstanding advances in dental health. Established and supported by an endowment provided by IADR’s Dental Materials Group, the award consists of a monetary prize and a plaque.
Young Investigator Award
Supported by P&G Professional Oral Health, Crest + Oral-B
This award is designed to stimulate basic research in all dental research disciplines. This award consists of a cash prize and a plaque. The nominee must be within 10 years of completing his/her last terminal degree (PhD, DDS, DMD, MD, etc.) at the time of the submission deadline.
Note: The winner of the IADR Young Investigator Award will be asked to serve a two-year term on the IADR Board of Directors commencing at the conclusion of the General Session where the award was received.