ADIA is the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of dental products. Our vision is for an industry that empowers oral health professionals to advance the health and wellbeing of all Australians...................... — ADIA Strategic Plan

Australian Dental Research Foundation

The Australian Dental Research Foundation (ADRF) is a joint project of the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) and the Australian Dental Association (ADA), to support research in dentistry for the purpose of improving the dental health of the community. The purpose of the ADRF is to:

ADRF Purpose —

Foster and support dental research for the purpose of improving the health of the community through
aafunds derived from investment income and use of any bequest, legacy, gift or other income;
Encourage all fields of dental research by awarding grants to competent persons;
Encourage, develop and support activities that stimulate a methodical approach to dental research
aaand foster the continued advancement of dental knowledge;
To make grants to Dental Schools and approve research institutes and individuals Australia-wide
aafor research programmes.

The ADRF is the principal source of dental research funding in Australia and typically awards around one hundred grants, each of which is considered by the ADRF Research Advisory Committee. Since its inception, the ADRF has funded more than 1,875 grants and scholarships in accordance with the above objectives. For more information on the ADRF download the:

ADRF Annual Reports

2016 ADRF Annual Report
2015 ADRF Annual Report

Established in 1970 on the initiative of an ADIA Federal President, Mr Colin Cormie OBE, the foundation was inspired by the American Fund for Dental Health and the new organisation became known as the Australian Dental Research Fund. The organisation was formally incorporated in 1983 and in 1996 the new name of the Australian Dental Research Foundation was adopted.

Member Engagement —

The ADIA Board nominates representatives of member businesses to the ADRF Board thus maintaining the strong and historic links between the industry and dental researchers nationwide.

Further Information —

To keep up to date with how the ADRF is supporting dental research subscribe to the Twitter feed @AusDental or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dental.industry. Alternatively, you can contact the ADRF via email at adrf@dentalresearch.org.au telephone on 02 9906 4412.

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