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Fostering the Highest Standards of Research and Education

The Academy of Osseointegration, the world's leading dental implant organization, and the Osseointegration Foundation were established to provide a focus for the rapidly advancing biotechnology involving the natural bond between bone and certain alloplastic reconstructive materials. The nature of this bond makes the technology applicable for a variety of medical and dental situations and offers benefits that include::

  » Replacement of lost teeth
  » Restoration of impaired hearing
  » Enhancements of reconstructive cosmetic surgery
  » Correction of craniofacial problems

The Academy of Osseointegration and the Osseointegration Foundation foster the highest standards of research and education of practitioners, who in turn, use this research and education to enrich their patients' lives and enhance their students' knowledge and skills. Support of the Osseointegration Foundation is essential for the continuation of existing research grant programs and to enable new programs to be launched.

Thousands of patients have already benefitted from treatment by the Academy's membership, which consists of more than 6,000 individuals in 70 countries representing the most highly trained professionals providing craniofacial implant treatment.

Many more individuals will benefit from the advances made possible through the charitable programs of the Osseointegration Foundation.

Foundation Donation Form Get Osseointegration Foundation Donation Form

Foundation Grant Programs

2016-2017 OF Research Grant Application Is Now Closed
Please check back in August 2016 for the 2017-18 AO/OF grant application.

Osseointegration Foundation Charitable Grant Program

The Osseointegration Foundation (OF) Charitable Grant Program provides financial assistance (up to $10,000) to improve the quality of life for those who have been diagnosed with a lifetime dental deficit or suffered from severe dental trauma and are unable to receive needed dental therapy due to economic restraints.

Grants will be determined based on three major requirements:
1) Care providers
2) Patients
3) Corporate partners.

Care Provider Requirements:
1. The primary care provider in each grant application must be a member of the Academy of Osseointegration.
2. The funds provided will be used for the care and treatment of only the individual (i.e., patient) specified in the application. These funds should subsidize all or part of the care needed by the patient, and a commitment to complete therapy and including a 3 year follow-up is implied and required when the provider accepts the grant funding. The patient should not incur any financial obligations. All team members must agree to relieve the patient of any financial responsibilities.
3. Proposals will only be funded if the diagnosis and full treatment plan (including a restorative plan) for a particular patient is submitted for evaluation as part of the proposal. The identity of a patient is irrelevant to the evaluation of any proposal (see attached sample application), so anonymity can be assured.
4. Documentation, both pre- and post-operative, in the form of projection-quality slides and radiographs, is required for each grant-funded case. Patients may be asked to agree to be photographed or filmed for promotional activities by the Osseointegration Foundation. A patient release form will be required for this purpose.
5. Three years of follow-up to the Osseointegration Foundation is required. Follow-up should be submitted to the Osseointegration Foundation on an annual basis. 6. Care providers who receive an OF

Patient Eligibility Requirements:
The patient must meet the eligibility requirements in each category:
1. Physical Disability: There must be the presence of a disability that is amenable to implant therapy and for which implant treatment would significantly improve the patient’s dental deficit and quality of life.
2. Economic Status: Documents providing evidence of the patient’s inability to receive needed implant therapy because of economic constraints must be presented. Economic hardship, however, is not the primary or sole criterion for awarding a grant.
3. Emotional Wellbeing: The benefits of psychological or emotional improvement from implant therapy will be considered in the award selection process.

Corporate Partner Participation:
The design of this program requires involvement of OF’s commercial partners to provide service and/or hardware for the patients who become grant-funded. All materials should be donated by the specified company. Grant applicants must specify the particular products (including manufacturer names) at the time of grant application. Commercial entities should be contacted by the applicant to obtain donations for the required materials.  

If the applicant does not have a specific company or contact to obtain these donations, the OF will provide a list of potential suppliers.

Both care providers and corporate partners may participate in this program for public relation purposes. Additionally, participants in the grant program, including care providers and corporate partners, will receive narrative recognition at all opportunities (i.e. at official Academy meetings), The International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants and the Osseointegration Foundation Report.

This grant does not restrict how or where these funds are to be allocated by the service provider, as long as the entire grant is spent directly on patient care and treatment in the domain of osseointegration. Under no circumstances will the patient receiving the care through this grant program be charged for any services rendered.

Questions about this grant?
Please contact Kim Scroggs, Manager of Education at kimscroggs@osseo.org or at 847-439-1919.

Get Charitable Grant Application
Get Sample Charitable Grant Application
click for PDF form Get Patient Authorization and Release Form

Nobel Biocare Brånemark Osseointegration Award

This award is given annually by the Osseointegration Foundation to honor an individual's impact on, and leadership in, the field of implant dentistry in any or all of the Foundation's mission categories: research, education or charitable causes.

The award is made possible by a grant from Nobel Biocare. The selection process involves members of the Osseointegration Foundation's Titanium Society to propose distinguished candidates.

Award Recipients:

Ole T. Jensen, DDS, MS
Stephen M. Parel, DDS
Prof. Tomas Albrektsson
Daniel Buser, DDS, DMD
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Ulf Lekholm, DDS
Daniel VanSteenberge, MD, PhD
George A. Zarb, BChD, DDS, MS
William R. Laney, DMD, MS
Per-Ingvar Brånemark, MD, PhD

Titanium Society

The Titanium Society was established to act as an advisory committee to the Osseointegration Foundation Board of Directors. This Society is also a classification of donorship to the Foundation. Members of the Titanium Society represent 100 of the most highly respected and distinguished implant dentistry professionals and each member is expected to make a minimum monetary pledge of $10,000 within a four-year period. Titanium Society members hold an official Annual Meeting Breakfast each year at the AO Annual Meeting.

Titanium Society Laboratory Member

A special member group has been established to recognize dental labs who agree to provide a donation of lab services in the amount of $10,000 over a four-year period (in lieu of monetary donorship). Titanium Society Laboratory members receive an individualized plaque and are listed on the OF Donor Board in a special "Titanium Society Lab" category.

Society members See list of Titanium Society members
OF Board of Directors See list of Osseointegration Foundation Board of Directors
Get Titanium Society donation form