New oral health research funding opportunity

New oral health research funding opportunity

06 October, 2022


Dental academics and clinicians have been invited to apply for a Foundation Nakao Grant – the fourth round of funding made available by the foundation since its launch in 2018. The organisation supports clinical trials and research in topics such as minimum intervention dentistry and oral health of the elderly.

Successful applications will receive fully funded projects of CHF 50,000.00/per year. This is in addition to wide exposure among dental professionals, the dental industry and the general public of each study’s outcomes and achievements. The maximum grant goes up to two years and CHF 100,0000. If the project budget is more than CHF 50,000 in two years, the applicant will need to submit applications for the second year as well.

Advancing oral health research

The foundation’s fourth round of grant applications took place in September 2022 and from a huge number of submission six studies were awarded the honour of being accepted. Applicants represent the following categories: government organisation, non-government organisation, university, research institution or other.

Foundation Nakao supports academic research and clinical studies contributing to its founding goal, which is the improvement of oral health and subsequent raised quality of life of all people in the world. Key oral health research areas that address Minimum Intervention Dentistry, Oral Health in Ageing Populations and the 8020 movement, Tooth Function, the prevention of Oral Frailty and Dental IQ.

“The inspiration for the Foundation came from a topic that is very close to our hearts: the impact of oral health on quality of life. My husband and I believe that dentistry has a fundamental role to play in the health and longevity of people around the world. We look forward to seeing this becoming a reality through the activities of the Foundation,” said Makiko Nakao, President of Foundation Nakao for Worldwide Oral Health at its official launch in 2018.

About the Nakao Foundation

On 21 September 2018, Foundation Nakao for Worldwide Oral Health was established in Luzern, Switzerland. This was made possible by Mr Makoto Nakao, former Chairman of GC Corporation, who after 42 years at the helm of the company donated his privately-owned company shares to support this initiative.  

The management board of Foundation Nakao boasts a team of distinguished dental professionals from four continents: Europe, America, Australia, and Asia. They are Professor Reinhart Hickel, Professor Clark Stanford, Professor Marco Ferrari, Professor Eric Reynolds, Professor Keiichi Sasaki, and Dr Kiyotaka Nakao.

Applications are open until 4 December 2022 via the application form on the Nakao Foundation website

For references and more information, please visit:

Foundation Nakao for Worldwide Oral Health
Fluhmattweg 13
6004 Luzern, Switzerland 

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