IADR Smile Train Cleft Research Award

The IADR Smile Train Cleft Research Award is jointly sponsored by the International Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (IADR) and Smile Train, with funding provided exclusively by Smile Train.
Smile Train is the world’s largest cleft-focused organization, with a sustainable and local model of supporting surgery and other forms of essential care. Over the last 20+ years, Smile Train has supported safe and quality cleft care for 1.5+ million children and will continue to do so until every child in need with a cleft has access to the care they deserve.
IADR and Smile Train recognize the need for investigators to produce cleft-related research that can be applied in clinical practice and be used to maintain and improve the cleft patient’s oral health and quality of life. The Award is intended to help investigators pursue innovative and novel research that involves the oral health of cleft patients. 
The Application Site will not be open for the 2025 Awards.

Award Prize/Recognition


  • The principal investigator listed in the application must be a current member of, or at the time of submission have made bona fide application to, the IADR. The most important criterion involves the quality and innovative nature of the proposed research.
  • Preference will be placed on researchers applying from Low and Middle Income Countries as defined by our Membership Application.




2023 Recipient

Lord Jephthah Joojo Gowans

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Supported by Smile Train

Pictured from Left to right: Smile Train Director, Global Oral Health Programs Dr. Monica Dominguez and Dr. Lord Jephthah Joojo Gowans

Lord and Monica Dominguez


Beatrice Nguyen

Awards, Fellowships and Grants Coordinator

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