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Research Grants

The research grant initiative ensures the growth and development of the science of endodontics and improves the quality of patient care. There are two types of research grants: competitive research and resident research grants.

Competitive Research Grants

Research grants are awarded twice a year. Grants are reviewed and evaluated by the AAE Research and Scientific Affairs Committee. Grant recipients are notified after the Foundation’s Board of Trustee’s Annual Meeting for the spring cycle and after the Interim Meeting for the fall cycle. In each review cycle, the highest scoring student and non-student research proposals receive an additional $500 award.


Review the most recent guidelines and instructions* for submitting a research proposal and plan to apply. All submissions must be made through the submission site.

*Last updated June 1, 2019.

Spring Cycle

The Spring 2021 submission deadline is February 7, 2021, 5 p.m. CST.

Fall Cycle

The Fall 2020 submission deadline is August 15, 2020, 5 p.m., CST.


While preparing your proposal for submission, use the following templates as instructed in the competitive research grant guidelines.

Follow-Up Completion

Once research grants are complete, based on the timeline agreed upon at the time of funding, investigators are asked to download, complete and submit the Final Progress Report. Once complete, submit the form via email to


If your research grant project requires more time to complete, please download, complete and submit the Application for Extension. Once complete, submit the form via email to for consideration by the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee Chair.

One-Year Progress Report

If your funded project timeline is longer than one year, than a One-Year Follow-Up Report must be downloaded, completed (at the end of each year of the multi-year project). The form should be submitted via email to

Resident Research Grants

A $500 grant is available to every endodontic resident to fund activities related to research. The funding is payable on a one-time basis. The money can be used for the following activities:

  • To fund an individual resident’s research project
  • To supplement a competitive research grant award
  • For travel to a meeting to present research
  • For travel to a board review course
  • For other activities related to research

An additional $500 grant is now available for each resident who uses the initial $500 award towards a research project. The additional $500 becomes available once the initial $500 grant has been awarded and used.

Review the most recent Resident Research Grant guidelines and application.

Applications for Resident Research Grants are accepted on a rolling deadline throughout the year. The application must be submitted by the endodontic institution’s program director. All checks are issued to the institution. Upon completion of the research period, the program director should return the summary report page of the guidelines and application (page 3).