Align Technology Seeks Applications for 2021 Research Award Program

Dentistry Today


Align Technology has opened its 2021 Research Award Program to support clinical and scientific dental research in universities around the world. This year, up to $300,000 will be awarded to university faculty for scientific and technological research initiatives to advance patient care in orthodontics and dentistry.

Through its Research Award Program, Align Technology has funded approximately $2 million in research awards since its inception in 2010, providing insights that include intraoral scanning and patient experience, quality of life changes, and the biochemical markers of bone metabolism during early orthodontic tooth movement with clear aligners, Align said.

“As a company, our brand promise is to change lives by transforming smiles, and we are pleased to offer our support to clinical and scientific research in orthodontics and dentistry that can advance that goal,” said Raj Pupipeddi, Align’s senior vice president, chief innovation, product, and marketing officer.

“We are proud of advancements from earlier research and look forward to the next wave of research that could improve orthodontic and dental treatments for the benefit of patients globally,” said Pupipeddi.

Awards available for dental research at universities are available in the following regions:

  • Americas (the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America): four one-year awards of up to $25,000 each
  • Europe, Middle East, and Asia: four one-year awards of up to $25,000 each
  • Asia-Pacific: Four one-year awards of up to $25,000 each

Eligible applicants for dental research awards include full-time and part-time faculty involved in dental or scientific research at universities where Invisalign treatment or the iTero scanner is available. All applications will be reviewed by an independent academic committee that will forward its recommendations to Align Technology for final selection.

Research proposals and completed applications must be received by 5 pm Pacific Time on March 5, 2021. Award recipients will be notified by June 7, 2021.

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