Grants & Award Opportunities

Past Funding Competitions

AAP’s Sunstar Innovation Grant

The AAP’s Sunstar Innovation grant supported member research that aimed to identify novel and innovative evidence-based periodontal treatment approaches to enhance patient care. Over three years, a $250,000 grant program was divided among six winning principal investigators, who presented their research at subsequent Annual Meetings.

Iard Karring – Nyman Sunstar Guidor Award

The Karring – Nyman Sunstar Guidor Award, sponsored by the Sunstar Foundation, is offered through the IADR Periodontal Research Group. A prize of 10,000 Euros is awarded to a doctoral student or post-doctoral scientist to pursue research within the field of oral tissue regeneration. Submission deadline 4th edition: December 31st, 2019)​

World Dental Hygienist Awards

The Sunstar Foundation has established the World Dental Hygienist Awards to recognize dental hygienists who have made significant contributions to dental hygiene science or to patients, the community and the general public. Prizes range from 2,000 USD to 5,000 USD. Entries will be accepted for the 2022 awards from January 1st, 2020 through January 15th, 2022.

World Perio Research Awards

The World Perio Research Awards are intended to promote further research advances in oral health and systemic health, in collaboration with four prestigious journals in the field of periodontal research. The first-place recipient will receive USD 10,000 and each of the two runners-up will receive USD 5,000. Deadline for Submission of Papers: January 15th, 2021.

Perio Link Award

The Perio Link Award aims to raise awareness of the link between oral and​ general health among the general public and is an extension of the World Perio Research Award. The winner receives the Sunstar Foundation trophy, a monetary recognition of 1,000 Euros and one round trip Airfare, hotel accommodation and registration to the EuroPerio Congress.