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Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Norton M. Ross Award

Download the Call for Nominations Brochure (PDF)


The Norton M. Ross Award, established in 1991, is presented annually in memory of Dr. Norton M. Ross, a dentist and pharmacologist who spent most of his career in academic and research positions. Dr. Ross elevated clinical research to a higher level of scientific standards, and his contributions to the fields of oral medicine and dental clinical research have had a positive and lasting influence on the public's oral health.

The Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions in clinical investigations that have advanced the diagnosis, treatment, and/or prevention of craniofacial-oral-dental diseases, as well as outstanding research endeavors in other areas. Selection is based upon the scope of the nominee's research, with special emphasis on its impact on clinical dentistry, and on publications in refereed journals. Award recipients typically demonstrate a high level of creativity and innovation.

Award and Recognition

The recipient receives a $5,000 honorarium and a plaque.


The American Dental Association sponsors the Norton M. Ross Award with the generous support of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

Nomination Procedure

Submit a concise letter of nomination describing the nominee's accomplishments in the context of the award's objectives, along with the nominee's curriculum vitae and a list of publications. The letter should be explicit in describing the impact of the nominee's research on clinical dentistry.

Please note: All nominees eligible for ADA membership must be an ADA member in good standing.


Nominations for the 2020 Norton M. Ross Award are due December 15, 2020. Please submit letters of nomination via email or hard copy to:

Ms. Kelly Mangold
Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Ave., 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611-2678