Align Technology has expanded its funding of the Clear Aligner Research Award Program to include international research to further the development of clear aligners for the treatment of malocclusion worldwide, the company announced.
Launched initially in 2009 for North America, the program is designed to promote clinical and scientific research in clear aligner therapy. For 2011, $50,000 is now being made available for scientific research funding to international applicants, in addition to $100,000 currently available to North American applicants.
International eligibility includes full- or part-time international university faculty involved in orthodontic scientific research, as well as nonorthodontic international university faculty whose scientific work may contribute toward the improvement of clear aligner therapy. Up to five grants of $10,000 each will be made available to qualified international orthodontic faculty.
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