Grants & Awards

Promoting research on the connection between oral and general health for over 30 years

The Sunstar Foundation supports the development of young researchers involved in dental and medical fields investigating the suspected relationships of diseases such as diabetes and periodontal disease.

Our Awards for Oral Care Professionals

World Dental Hygienist Awards

Recognizing the important role that dental hygienists play in promoting and sustaining good oral health.

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World Perio Research Awards

Recognizing the best papers related to periodontal disease treatment.

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Aiming to bring scientific innovation closer to the people by summarizing selected paper’s findings in a one-minute video.

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AAP’s Sunstar Innovation Grant

Supporting AAP member research that aims to identify novel and innovative evidence-based periodontal treatment approaches for enhancing patient care.

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IADR Karring–Nyman Sunstar Award

Providing a grant to researchers at the beginning of their career, based on a submitted research proposal in the field of bone regeneration.

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Celebrating innovative research through the years

Take a look at the Awards Gallery and meet all the winners of our grants and awards of the past ten years

Awards Gallery

A trophy as meaningful as the award itself

When the first Sunstar Foundation Award was presented in 2003, the Foundation Chairman, Hiroo Kaneda, envisioned a trophy as meaningful as the award itself. Mr. Kaneda commissioned the famous Italian architect, Mario Bellini to materialize this vision. Bellini's artistic contributions to society include Olivetti's typewriter and calculators, now found at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and his latest architectural work is found at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

At the base of the trophy, is the following inscription in Italian: "Nell'albero infinito della ricerca scientifica è racchiuso il mistero dell'evoluzione dell'umanità." Translated in English, it means: "The mystery of human evolution is enclosed within the infinite tree of scientific research."

When viewed from the front, the trophy is shaped like the symbol for infinity and infers a quantity without bound or end. The "S" shape of the symbol is also meant to embody science and the Sunstar company. It is a fitting tribute to the Sunstar Foundation Award recipients.