Information for Grant Seekers

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The ADEAGies Foundation® makes grants to individuals and institutions whose work advances and supports our mission. We provide grants for research, and teaching and learning initiatives of promise that may be refined and brought to scale through our funding. We challenge our community to propose innovative solutions that promote future-readiness within academic dentistry and elevate the dental professions.


The Foundation is particularly interested in funding ideas with the greatest potential to grow the pipeline of future dental educators, incentivize practicing dental professionals to participate in the education process earlier in their careers and equip active and emergent academic leaders with the robust skill set needed for institutional performance and success. 

We are open to exploring new funding opportunities and partnerships that reflect the Foundation’s vision and goals for long-term impact and invite you to share those ideas with us. We’ll review each application and be in touch within 45 days if we are interested in learning more.

Before submitting your idea, please familiarize yourself with our application process, areas of interest and funding restrictions.

The Foundation has one funding cycle per year, which runs from September to June.

All letters of intent (LOI) for any given funding cycle are received on a rolling basis to be invited to submit a full proposal. Invitations for proposals will be sent within 45 days of receiving the LOI. Funding decisions will be made in September and grantees will be notified in October. Upon completion, grantees must report project outcomes to the Foundation. Three to five proposals may be funded annually.

Grant support ranges up to $25,000 and may be provided as a one-time grant or for up to four years.

How to Apply

Provide an initial LOI (500 words or fewer) to the ADEAGies Foundation Grants Committee Chairperson, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20001.

The  LOI should briefly state:

  1. Purpose and objectives of the project. 
  2. Funding requested.
  3. Length of funding request.

If an applicant is invited to submit a full proposal, he or she must provide the following information:

  • ✓ Contact name.
  • ✓ Legal organization name (do not use acronyms).
  • ✓ Complete contact information, including mailing address, telephone number and email address.
  • ✓ Project title and purpose.
  • ✓ Project objectives.
  • ✓ Project activities, including target audiences, methodology, operational procedures and schedules.
  • ✓ Budget, including total dollars required for the project and institutional and other support expected.
  • ✓ Length of funding request.
  • ✓ Anticipated outcomes and means to measure and assess outcomes.
  • ✓ Personnel resources required.
  • ✓ Sustainability of the project after the grant period has ended.
  • ✓ Ways in which the ADEAGies Foundation will be recognized for its contribution.

Additional information may be requested. Proposals, including appendices and other attachments, should not exceed 15 pages. 

Note:  When permitted, grantees may use the ADEAGies Foundation logo and key brand components to promote grant-funded efforts.

Approval of branding use must be obtained in writing from the Foundation.

If you have questions about the ADEAGies Foundation brand, or implementing the logo appropriately and successfully, please contact the ADEA Staff Liaison at  


The Foundation awards the majority of its grants to dental, allied dental and advanced dental educators, students and leaders advancing research, programs and special initiatives that:

  1. Support educational and research development in academic dentistry.
    • Study and strengthen dental education as part of higher education systems.
    • Encourage the development of full-time faculty in leadership, teaching and research.
    • Enhance the capacity of academic dental institutions to conduct oral health-related research.
    • Evaluate and develop innovative dental education curricula to meet the changing environments in dental education and research.
    • Research and develop strategies to improve the role of academic dental institutions in ensuring access to oral health care for all, especially the underserved.
    • Assess and develop programs to promote professional ethics, social responsibility, a diverse workforce, cultural competence and values that sustain the profession for the public good.

  2. Encourage lifelong learning.
    • Understand the dental professions and their relationship to society and develop educational programs for dentists in collaboration with other health professionals interested in oral health (medicine and public health).
    • Contribute to the funding of continuing dental education program speakers for dental professionals.

  3. Recognize and support:
    • Quality journalism in dental literature.
    • Scientific achievement within the recognized dental specialties.
    • Student achievement in service, oral health education or research.


Priority for funding will be given to organizations (or the organization with which an individual applicant is affiliated) described under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, as well as applicants from the United States.

Additionally, grantees or other beneficiaries must demonstrate the potential to continue funded work in a self-renewing manner after ADEAGies Foundation support ceases.

The ADEAGies Foundation is unable to make grants that fund: 

  • Operational phases of established programs.
  • Capital expenses (facilities and equipment, except as part of a programmatic effort). 
  • Indirect or overhead costs.
  • Conferences that are not a part of a larger programmatic effort. 
  • Films, television, radio programs or other public awareness initiatives, unless they are key aspects of a programmatic effort. 
  • Direct patient care services. 
  • Clinical demonstration projects.
  • Endowment or development campaigns.
  • Individuals, including research projects conducted by a single individual.

All grantees must report project outcomes midway through the grant funding period and at the end. Report your project outcomes with our short online form.