World Perio Research Awards



1. Theme "Relationship between Periodontal Disease and Systemic Health"

The entry may include both quantitative and qualitative analyses that provide important new insights that contribute to the body of knowledge in dental hygiene. The winning entry in this category is chosen by the Selection Committee from original research papers.

2. Eligibility

All researchers and clinicians that published a research paper on the link between oral health and general health between 1st January 2021 and 31st December 2023 in one of the four participating journals (the Journal of Periodontal Research, the Journal of Periodontology, the Journal of Clinical Periodontology and the Journal of Dental Research) are eligible.

Research papers on basic science in periodontal disease including laboratory studies, epidemiology and pure technology innovation may be accepted. However, research on commercially available products or on product concepts nearing launch will not be accepted for these awards. Further, no clinical trials of product testing are eligible. Individuals working for a commercial company and past award recipients are not eligible for the awards.

Entrants must have clearly declared the source/s of funding, be it from academic/research institutes, a commercial organization or any other third party. Papers that received funding from commercial organizations are subject to screening for conflict of interest with the vision/mission of the Sunstar Foundation.

3. Selection

Each journal will select five outstanding papers published between January 1st, 2021, and December 31st, 2023, and forward them to the Screening Committee.

The editors emeriti may nominate outstanding papers published outside the dental field.

The Screening Committee will evaluate the papers that have been selected by the editors of four journals and the editors emeriti, and then select the first-place winner and two runners-up.

4. Awards

The first-place winner will receive USD 10,000 and each of the two runners-up will receive USD 5,000. The first-place winner and two runners-up will also each receive a commemorative trophy. In addition, all expenses for the trip to EuroPerio 11 in Vienna (14th-17th of May 2025) will be paid by the Sunstar Foundation for one individual per award. The Sunstar Foundation will determine the travel allowance to be paid. The award winner is responsible for making all travel arrangements on obtaining budgetary approval from the Sunstar Foundation.

5. Announcement of Winners

All winners will be announced by the four journals concurrently in November 2024. This announcement will also be reported on the Sunstar Foundation and Sunstar Group global websites. Winners’ photos and other relevant information may be used for promotional purposes.

Winners will be announced on the following websites:

6. Awards Ceremony

The Awards ceremony will be held online in November and at EuroPerio 11 in May 2025 in Vienna, Austria. Sunstar reserves the right to remove any content that promotes competitive products or is commercial in nature.

7. Screening Committee

The award is sponsored by the Sunstar Foundation who reserves the right to amend the eligibility criteria and mode of announcement of winners but does not directly participate in award screening or selection. This is the sole decision of the Independent Selection Committee. Personal information such as gender, age, nationality, race and religion shall not affect the selection process.