Align Technology opens 2024 annual research programme

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Align Technology opens 2024 annual research programme to advance orthodontic care

Applications are now open for Align Technology’s annual research awards programme for 2024, and a total of 12 grants of up to US$25,000 are available. (Image: Prostock-studio/Shutterstock)

Mon. 18. December 2023


TEMPE, Ariz., US: Align Technology has announced the opening of its 2024 annual research award programme to support clinical and scientific dental research in universities worldwide. In 2024, up to US$300,000 will be awarded to university staff members for scientific and technological research initiatives to advance patient care in the fields of orthodontics and dentistry.

Align Technology’s research award programme has funded approximately US$3 million in research since its inception in 2010. “This programme is an exciting opportunity for university researchers globally to expand scientific and clinical learnings to elevate patient care,” said Dr Mitra Derakhshan, senior vice president of the company’s global clinical operations. “We look forward to the topics and research studies that may ultimately improve treatment outcomes and the quality of life for more patients worldwide,” Dr Derakhshan added.

John Morton, vice president of product innovation and technology fellow at Align, commented: “Once again, we anticipate receiving a large number of applications to this research programme. The topics submitted throughout the past years have been diverse and often on the forefront of the dental field. Align Technology is proud to fund this research programme with the purpose of improving dental care throughout the world.”

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

  • US, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America: Four one-year awards of up to US$25,000 each;
  • Europe, the Middle East and Africa: Four one-year awards of up to US$25,000 each; and
  • Asia-Pacific: Four one-year awards of up to US$25,000 each.

Those eligible for dental research awards include full-time and part-time staff members involved in dental or scientific research at universities where Invisalign treatment or the iTero scanner is available. All applications are reviewed by an independent academic committee that forwards its recommendations to Align for final selection. Consideration will be given to first-time applications from a university programme. Programme details, instructions and forms for prospective applicants can be found here. Research proposals and completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. PST on 8 March, and award recipients will be notified by 3 June 2024.

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