The Australian Periodontology Research Foundation (APRF)

The Australian Periodontology Research Foundation (APRF) was established in 1996 under the auspices of the Australian Society of Periodontology to promote research and the application of research knowledge in the field of Periodontology.

Periodontal disease, in its various forms, affects nearly all adult Australians and may range from mild bleeding gums to aggressive bone destruction around teeth with associated loss of function and even loss of teeth. Dental implants have also become a significant treatment modality in periodontics.


The aims of the APRF are:

·         To undertake, foster, develop and assist the acquisition, dissemination and application of research knowledge and information concerning the causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of periodontal disease.

·         To encourage, stimulate and aid research in all branches of periodontal science, especially investigation into the causes and treatment of periodontal disease and to aid clinical periodontal practice.

·         To stimulate public interest in the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease and related problems and to assist in keeping the dental profession of Australia abreast of the latest developments in the field of periodontal scientific research and methods of diagnosis, prevention and treatment of periodontal disease.

·         To encourage, assist and arrange for dental researchers to undertake research in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of periodontal disease and to train them in methods of research in the fields of periodontal science.


APRF Postgraduate Student Publication Awards

Each year an award is made to the postgraduate periodontics student who publishes the best paper in either Periodontology or another peer reviewed publication. The winner receives a suitably inscribed plaque which is presented at the nearest major periodontal conference (ASP or ANZAP). Eligible papers will be nominated by program directors at each University.


APRF Student Research Grants - 

The Australian Periodontology Research Foundation wishes to announce that small research grants will be available for 2013. It is recommended that the research grants should not only target postgraduate student research, but also research in universities and research by dentists in private practice. All applicants should be members of the Australian Society of Periodontology.

Preference will be given to projects that have some relevance to clinical periodontal practice. For postgraduate students to be eligible for one of these grants, the applicant should be currently enrolled in a postgraduate periodontics program at a university dental school in Australia. Ethics committee approval is required for clinical projects.

Project Grant amounts up to $3,000 will be considered and assessed by the Foundation’s Research Advisory Committee. Projects already receiving funding from other sources may apply but justification for further funding is required.

2018 Grant Round Open

Applications for 2018 are now invited and are due by close of business Friday 30 June 2018.

Application forms can be downloaded here below or from Professor Mark Bartold This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



 APRF Sponsors

In addition to per capita membership support from the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists and the Australian Society of Periodontology, the APRF very gratefully acknowledges the support of the following:


Platinum Level

Colgate Oral Care

Titanium Level

Nobel Biocare


Silver Level


Bronze Level

Henry Schein Halas