Dental research seeks to find better ways to prevent, identify and treat oral diseases. Researchers are engaged in the process of discovering new knowledge relating to oral health and ways to improve the oral health of the general public. One of the three missions of the New Zealand Dental Association is "to promote dental and allied sciences". Although the Association does not undertake research of its own, it promotes and funds dental research in New Zealand through the New Zealand Dental Research Foundation.
The New Zealand Dental Research Foundation Board also administers research funds on behalf of:
- The Ministry of Health which has provided annual funding for New Zealand-specific research for community, university or practice-based research in fields related to oral health.
- The Continuing Dental Education Trust (Auckland) annual award for dental research in support for New Zealand based dental research which has clinically applicable outcomes.
- The International College of Dentists (Australasian Section) have made three annual grants (commencing 2015) to support dental research in New Zealand.
To know more about Research Grants please click on the links to the left.