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NZDA Research Foundation

During the 1950s, the New Zealand Dental Association became concerned that more should be done to stimulate dental and oral research in this country and, in 1961, commissioned a report that recommended the creation of a dental research foundation. Established in May 1964, the New Zealand Dental Research Foundation awards grants for research projects related to dentistry. Its overall purpose is to "promote, foster and extend the study and practice of the art and science of dentistry in New Zealand".  The Foundation Board considers applications for funding to support new or ongoing projects, to purchase equipment, or for any other purpose that will result in the acquisition and/or dissemination of new knowledge relevant to dentistry. The Board annually invites applications for grants, assesses their quality with advice from national and international expert referees, ranks them and approves funding up to the level determined by that year's income transferred from the Foundation Trust.

Since its inception, the Foundation has provided financial support for numerous research projects related to dental and oral health, to help extend the boundaries of dental knowledge and to promote the fostering and extension of the study and practice of the art and science of dentistry in New Zealand. The number of awards offered varies each year and currently has an individual application ceiling of $15,000. 


Fund-raising started in 1964 with an inaugural grant of £2,000 from the Association, and a subsequent campaign eventually raised £70,000 from dental practitioners, the dental supply industry and other businesses. To manage the operation of the Foundation, two complementary governance bodies, a Trust and a Board, were established. The Trust is responsible for the accumulation and investment of the capital of the Foundation, while the Board decides the expenditure on a variety of research activities. In 2000, the Association launched a further fund-raising effort which has resulted in considerable growth of the Trust fund. NZDA biennial conferences now donate one third of their profit to the Foundation, and many NZDA members individually add to the investment via annual donations.

How can you help?

If you or your business would like to help us improve the oral health of New Zealanders by making a donation to dental research, please contact NZDA Associate Director - Research & Policy or phone 09 579 8001.

The closing date for applications is 30 April, 2016.

NZDA Research Foundation - Application Guidelines