Education Foundation

Research Grants & Awards

The ACPEF has given more than one million dollars in grants to advance the prosthodontic specialty.

John J. Sharry Prosthodontic Research Competition


The John J. Sharry Prosthodontic Research Competition is held during the Annual Session of the American College of Prosthodontists. 

Sponsored by the ACP Education Foundation, the Sharry Prosthodontic Research Competition is held to stimulate and acknowledge original research in prosthodontics by residents. The ACP Research Committee strongly encourages all programs to participate in this competition.

Eligibility: Individuals are eligible if they are currently enrolled in a postdoctoral prosthodontic program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) or have completed such a program in the last three (3) years and are an Active Member, Fellow, or Resident Member, in good standing, of the American College of Prosthodontists. Manuscripts must not have been previously accepted for publication (except for Journal of Prosthodontics (JOP) acceptance) and are eligible for publication in the JOP.


Past Awardees

ACP Education Foundation Research Fellowships


The ACP Education Foundation is committed to assisting the dental profession in its quest for continuous improvement in clinical care. The ACPEF will be awarding research fellowship grants up to $6,000. These are awarded to support meritorious research proposals that seek to advance basic scientific and applied clinical knowledge in the area of prosthodontics.

Eligibility: Individuals are eligible if they are currently 1st or 2nd year resident enrolled in a CODA-accredited postdoctoral prosthodontic program and are a Resident Member, in good standing, of the American College of Prosthodontists. 

Any investigation relevant to prosthodontic care is appropriate. This would include all disciplines in prosthodontics: fixed, implant, maxillofacial, and removable prosthetics. 

Contact the ACP Education Foundation with any questions.


Past Awardees


ACP Education Foundation Founders Society Award


In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the ACP Education Foundation in 2010, the ACPEF Board of Directors created the Founders Medallion Award to honor and recognize the dedicated group of individuals who founded the ACP Education Foundation in 1985:

Dr. Robert C. Sproull, ACP President
Dr. Noel D. Wilkie, ACP Vice President
Dr. William A. Kuebker, ACP Secretary
Dr. John B. Holmes, ACP Treasurer
Dr. Thomas F. Balshi
Dr. Lawrence S. Churgin
Dr. Cosmo V. DeSteno
Dr. James A. Fowler Jr.
Dr. Ronald D. Woody

The ACPEF Board determined that the Founders Medallion Award honoring individuals should be continued in future years as the ACPEF Founders Society Award.

Eligibility: The award honors individuals that have made a significant impact on the growth and development of the Foundation and who have demonstrated an extraordinary and enduring level of commitment to the ACPEF.

They must be a member of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) or an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to the specialty through the ACP and ACPEF; have demonstrated exceptional leadership and outstanding volunteer service to the mission of the ACPEF; be an active donor to the ACP Education Foundation (ACPEF) with a substantive, cumulative level of giving; and have contributed to building and growing the ACP Education Foundation

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Past Awardees

GSK Prosthodontist Innovator Award

The ACP Education Foundation was proud to support the GSK Prosthodontist Innovator Award. The goals of this sponsored research were to advance the understanding of prosthodontics-related biological and/or materials systems, human behavior, cost and care delivery, as well as economic modeling and quality of life investigations.

Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare through an unrestricted educational grant, single-year funding to initiate or foster research in these areas were awarded to an ACP member prosthodontist and to his/her institution. This research grant was open to prosthodontist members (Members, Fellows, International Members, International Fellows) of the ACP who were full-time faculty at a US or a Canadian dental school or a related academic institution. Applicants were within 10 years of their first academic appointment after completing their ADA accredited prosthodontic residency and showed outstanding promise in their research area.

Contact the ACP Education Foundation with any questions.

Past Awardees