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ADA Scientific Research

Research Agenda

As America’s leading advocate for oral health, the ADA strongly supports the dental research enterprise, and takes a leading role in promoting, conducting and critically reviewing research on topics related to dentistry and its relationship to the overall health of the individual. The ADA will continue to serve as a facilitator of the national dental research effort, identify priority topics for research, and help ensure the timely dissemination of information to the profession.

Under the ADA Bylaws, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs is charged with developing a biennial research agenda that presents a targeted list of key research priorities for the practice of dentistry and the advancement of oral health care. The ADA Research Agenda is shared with external organizations, dental schools and funding agencies to promote further study and financial support for these priorities. Biennial updates help ensure that the Research Agenda addresses existing and emerging research needs and priorities in dentistry, with input from ADA members and other stakeholders.

2017-2018 Research Agenda


Recent Reports and Publications

Thumbnail image of the first page of summary proceedings of a Nov 2016 clinical research conference
Conference Proceedings:
Translating Clinical Trials Outcomes to Your Practice, November 2016

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Awards and Honors

The ADA recognizes scientific excellence in the dental community as the co-sponsor of three different awards. Explore eligibility, application process and deadlines for each of the awards below.

Gold Medal Award for Research

Norton M. Ross Award

3M Innovative Research Fellowship