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Dr. Eugene Seidner Research Grants

What is the primary objective and what is awarded?

The Dr. Eugene M. Seidner Research Grant is intended to promote the advancement of dental laser technology education and clinical research. Up to three grant awards totaling $20,000.00 (twenty thousand) may be awarded annually to individuals to promote basic and applied clinical research for the uses of lasers in dentistry. These include, but are not limited to, biological responses to light, novel or innovative clinical protocols and procedures, laser device development, novel approaches to lasers in dentistry education, initiatives to enhance public acceptance of lasers, and behavioral approaches to using lasers in clinics. The project has to broadly assess the role of lasers in dentistry, irrespective of the nature of laser use for surgical, diagnostic, antimicrobial, photobiomodulation, photodynamic therapy, imaging, or biomaterials applications. Research proposals on competing designs or devices are not encouraged.

Who is eligible and how do researchers apply?

Primary applicants or at least one team member must be member(s) of the Academy of Laser Dentistry for the past 3 years prior to application. The applicants should be able to demonstrate they are capable of conducting research that meets the primary objective of this award. There are no age or citizenship requirements. Applications may be downloaded or received by contacting the Academy of Laser Dentistry.  Investigators from any scientific or academic discipline and at any stage of their career may apply for a grant.  These awards are appropriate for new investigators and those changing areas of research or resuming research careers. Completed applications must be received by ALD by March 1, 2018 for consideration for the inaugural 2018 research grant award.


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Institutional Relationships


The award is made to the sponsoring institution on the behalf of the awardee. The institution must have the environment and general resources suitable for conducting research as stated in the application. A letter of support from the dean or director of the institution must be enclosed with the application. The investigator is directly responsible to the sponsoring institution for the proper conduct of the project and management of the funds.

Grant Funding

This grant is funded by the Academy of Laser Dentistry Dr. Eugene Seidner Scholarships and Grants donations and is administered through the Academy to support basic and applied scientific investigation in the field of laser in dentistry.  Academy of Laser Dentistry and donors underwrite the funds for the Dr. Eugene Seidner Research Grants Program. Distribution of the funds is administered through the Dr. Eugene Seidner Board of Trustees (SBOT) selected by the ALD Board of Directors.


The purpose of the Dr. Eugene Seidner Research Grants Program is to support basic and applied scientific investigation in the field of laser dentistry.

The Application Process

A detailed application is required for consideration.  The nature of the investigation, funding, the application review and selection process,  deliverables from the applicant, the scoring system and procedures, and grant review process is outlined in the APPLICATION document The proposed project may be related to, but the aims must be distinctly different from, those of pending grant applications. The request may be used to supplement projects currently supported by Federal or non-Federal funds or to provide interim support for projects under review.  


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The Giving Future


In 2017, ALD expands the scholarship options with the introduction of a Research Grants program. By encouraging dental laser research projects, the new Research Grants program is intended to strengthen the Academy of Laser Dentistry’s role in fostering a positive impact on dental laser education and research. This addition elevates what has already been accomplished by the ALD. The first research grants award may be announced in conjunction with ALD’s upcoming 25th Anniversary in 2018. Future Dr. Seidner programs under consideration include Faculty Awards for quality dental laser research publications.

2018 Research Grants Application Timeline

  • Applications Open - January 15- March 1, 2018 for April 2018 announcement
  • Notice of Award:  by March 30, 2018
  • Acceptance of Award:  in person April 26-28, 2018, Orlando FL
  • Grant Funding May Begin as early as:  July 1, 2018

Dr. Eugene Seidner Board of Trustees

Dr. Ana Triliouris, Chair -
Dr. Glenda Payas -
Dr. Charles Hoopingarner -
Dr. Christopher Walinski -
Gail Siminovsky, CAE -


For additional information, contact Gail Siminovsky, CAE, Executive Director, or call the ALD headquarters office 954-346-3776.



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