Align the technology to award research programs that advance the industry

Align Technology announced the opening of its 2023 research awards program to support clinical and scientific dental research at universities around the world. This year, up to $300,000 will be awarded to university faculty for scientific and technological research initiatives aimed at improving patient care in the fields of orthodontics and dentistry.

Align Technology’s Research Awards Program has funded approximately $2.7 million in research grants since the program began in 2010.

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“Continued advancement in the field of dentistry and orthodontics depends on world-class academic research that advances our understanding of the science of dentistry and addresses issues that may arise during treatment,” said John Morton, Align vice president, product innovation and engineering associate . “Align is privileged to be a part of these advances by funding researchers around the world.”

“Through Align’s annual research awards program, we are proud to support orthodontic and dental research studies that may ultimately improve patient outcomes,” said Dr. Mitra Derakhshan, Align Vice President, Global Clinical. “As we expand the capabilities of the Align Digital Platform, our proprietary combination of software, systems and services designed to provide a seamless experience and workflow, we are enabling more clinical and scientific research opportunities through the continued adoption of digital technologies such as further studies into near-infrared imaging (“NIRI”) technology, treatment efficiencies related to treatment times and less in-person doctor visits, and insights into treatment efficiencies such as class II mandibular advancement treatment. We will continue to use insights from research studies to improve the treatment planning experience and further advance digital scanning and clarify the acceptance of aligner therapy.”

University Dental Research Scholarships are available in the following regions:

  • Americas (US, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America): Four annual awards of up to $25,000 each
  • EMEA: Four annual awards of up to US$25,000 each
  • APAC: Four annual awards of up to $25,000 each

Eligible applicants for dental research awards are full-time and part-time faculty members involved in dental or scientific research at universities where Invisalign® treatment or the iTero scanner is available. All applications are reviewed by an independent academic committee, which forwards its recommendations to Align for final selection. Initial applications from a university program will be considered. For program details, guidance, and application forms for prospective applicants, visit (for Americas, EMEA, and APAC applicants).

Research proposals and completed applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on March 3, 2023.

Winners will be notified by June 5, 2023.

About Align Technology

Align Technology designs and manufactures the Invisalign system, the world’s most advanced clear aligner system, iTero intraoral scanners and services, and exocad CAD/CAM software.

These technology building blocks enable enhanced digital orthodontic and restorative workflows to improve patient outcomes and practice efficiencies for over 234,000 physician customers and are key to accessing Align’s 500 million consumer market opportunities worldwide. Over the past 25 years, Align has helped physicians treat 14 million patients with the Invisalign system and is driving the evolution of digital dentistry through the Align Digital Platform, our integrated suite of unique, proprietary technologies and services designed as a seamless end- to system end-to-end solution for patients and consumers, orthodontists and general dentists, and labs/partners.

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