IADR Innovation in Oral Care Awards

The Innovation in Oral Care Awards (“Award(s)”) are jointly sponsored by IADR and Haleon, with funding provided exclusively by Haleon. The IADR mission is to drive dental, oral and craniofacial research for health and well-being worldwide. It does so through its Divisions and Sections as well as in partnership with international dental associations, industry, health agencies, and scientific and educational professional organizations. These innovation awards offer opportunities for investigators to conduct dental research that will have a direct impact on the oral health of the public.

Award Prize/Recognition

Up to $50,000 and Plaque

Key Dates

Applications Open:

Jun 17, 2024

Applications Closed:

Jan 24, 2025


As a leader in consumer oral care, Haleon recognizes the need for pioneers to produce innovative technologies that can be used routinely by the public to maintain and improve oral health and quality of life. The Award(s) is intended to help investigators pursue innovative and novel research in oral care, above and beyond the bounds of traditional dental research.

Three competitive Award(s), of up to $50,000 each, will be provided to recipients to advance oral care programs directed toward the development of innovative and novel compounds, biomaterials or devices that can be used ultimately at the public health level. Examples of areas of interest could include, but not be limited to:

  • inhibition or removal of biofilms etc. adhering to natural or artificial surfaces,
  • modification of those surfaces to inhibit biofilms and other deposits, stains and odors,
  • adhesives for removable prosthetic devices,
  • inhibition of tooth surface loss and gingival recession, and amelioration of their effects, and
  • counteracting the oral effects of dry mouth, systemic illness, hormonal disturbances or physiological aging.

The Award(s) will be provided in the form of an unrestricted research grant which carries no obligation to the recipient’s organization for licensure, patenting, or transfer confidential information, although Haleon may discuss the possibility of future collaboration with some applicants.

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2024 Recipients

Geelsu Hwang

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Adhesive, Drug Loadable, pH-adjusting Nanoparticle for Targeting Yeast-Bacterial Interactions and Cariogenic Biofilm Formation



Geelsu Hwang
Rania Nassar

Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai Health, United Arab Emirates
Unlocking the Potential of IP6: Translating Dental Research into Over-the-Counter Products and Advanced Material Coatings
co-investigator: Mohannad Nassar, Abiola Senok, David Williams

Rania Nassar
Silvana Papagerakis

Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada
An Innovative Flexible Intra-Oral Device for Real-Time Monitoring of Salivary Biomarkers: Precision Oral Health Approaches 
Co-Investigators: Benoit Gosselin

Silvana Papagerakis

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Beatrice Nguyen

Awards, Fellowships and Grants Coordinator

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