The AAP’s SUNSTAR Innovation grant supports member research that aims to identify novel and innovative evidence-based periodontal treatment approaches to enhance patient care.

A $30,000 grant will be presented to the winning principal investigator, who will be invited to present their research at a future Annual Meeting.

Grant applications must address the following objectives:


  • Innovative treatments and research that serves to alleviate the high burden of periodontitis on the U.S. population
  • Interdisciplinary team approaches to treating patients with periodontal disease that focus efforts on preserving the patient’s natural dentition, particularly among patients at risk
  • Novel approaches to achieve patient compliance with oral hygiene instruction/treatment plans using modern, evidence-based diagnostics and modern patient education tools during and between dental visits


Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Grant. Applications must be submitted using the AAP Grant Application Site. Funding of approved projects will begin in January 2018. Applicants must be members of the AAP.

Visit the online submission website for more information.

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