Enabling research and innovation

Research award program

Align Technology believes in enabling research and innovation within the dentistry industry with a goal to improve orthodontic and dental treatment for communities around the globe.

In 2010, Align Technology began the Research Award Program with the goal to support clinical and scientific orthodontic and dental research in universities across the globe. Since its inception in 2010, we have funded over $2.0 million in research awards. Research has provided insights into various areas including tooth movement efficacy with clear aligner therapy, oral hygiene and microbial bacteria presence or absence with clear aligners, and comparisons in quality of life with aligners as compared to fixed appliances.

Each year, awards are made available for dental research at universities across the globe. All applications are reviewed by an independent academic committee that forwards its recommendations to Align Technology for final selection.

Awards available for 2019 are four one-year awards of up to $25,000 each for dental research at universities in the America’s (includes Canada, Latin America and South America), four one-year awards of up to $25,000 each for dental research at universities in EMEA, and four one-year awards of up to $25,000 each for dental research at universities in APAC.

Eligible applicants for the dental research award component include full- and part-time faculty involved in dental or scientific research at universities at which Invisalign® treatment is available. All applications are reviewed by an independent academic committee that forwards its recommendations to Align Technology for final selection. Program details, instructions, and application forms for prospective applicants can be found here (for America’s applicants) and here (for EMEA and APAC applicants). Research proposals and completed applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on March 1, 2019. Award recipients will be notified by June 3, 2019.

Recipients of 2018 research grants

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients of award grants. The funded research studies cover a wide range of topics for projects seeking to better understand treatment in orthodontics and dentistry including; dentinogenesis imperfecta, removal of attachments, ClinCheck® software and final tooth position, Invisalign treatment versus fixed lingual appliance treatment, and effectiveness of Angle class II division 1 correction with clear aligners and multi-bracket fixed appliance.

The Americas research award recipients for 2018 are:

  • Dr. Kurtis Kasper at University of Texas at Houston (Houston, Texas)
  • Dr. Paula Vanessa Pedron Oltramari-Navarro at UNOPAR, Brazil (Londrina-PR, Brazil)
  • Dr. Solange de Paula Ramos at the Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Brazil (Londrina-PR, Brazil)
  • Dr. Jorge Faber at University of Brasilla (Brasilla, Brazil)

The European research award recipients for 2018 are:

  • Dr. Tomasso Castroflorio at the University of Turin (Turin, Italy)
  • Dr. William Papaioannou at National Kapodistrian University of Athens (Athens, Greece)
  • Dr. Patricia Cintora Lopez at University of Madrid (Madrid, Spain)

The Asian research award recipients for 2018 are:

  • Dr. Wenli Lai at Sichuan University (Chengdu, China)
  • Dr. Hu Long at Sichuan University (Chengdu, China)
  • Dr. Liu Jihui at DaLian Medical University (Dalian Liaoning Province, China
  • Dr. Meghna Vandekar at YMT Dental College & Hospital (Mumbai, India)