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Scientific support

Research support

IIS—Investigator Initiated Studies

The IIS Program

As part of our Investigator Initiated Study, IIS, program, a large number of projects have been initiated and conducted by clinicians from different countries all over the world to investigate a variety of products and indications. 

Each year approximately 80 IIS applications are submitted to us. Approximately 40% of the applications are approved for support. Currently more than 170 supported Investigator Initiated Studies are ongoing involving more than 300 investigators in over 20 countries.

The objectives of these studies are determined by the clinicians' research interests and include a variety of clinical and experimental research areas. The projects are conducted as for example prospective clinical trials, case reports, case series, in-vitro assays or mechanical studies. 

Submit proposal for a research project

If you have a proposal for a research project for which you would like to apply for support, please feel free to contact us. Our Global IIS Review Committee reviews all submitted proposals maintaining confidentiality and determining its interest in the expected outcome and that no medical, scientific or ethical concern exists.

We will consider:

  • The overall suitability of the study versus the clinical research plan.
  • The anticipated benefit of the results weighted against any risks and inconveniences for the patient.

Please note that off-label use of our products is not approved within the IIS program.

Apply for Research support from the IIS program

To apply for support, your study proposal should include the information detailed in the Study proposal form. Since this type of project is sponsored and owned by the investigator, we will not support more than a maximum of 49% of the total study cost.

Your request will be organized through your local contact and you can expect a response within approximately eight weeks. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your local contact or send an e-mail to IIS.Dental@dentsplysirona.com

For all clinical and animal studies we require a copy of the Ethics Committee/IRB approval before we can give any support.

For further information regarding regulatory requirements, please visit the following websites:
Declaration of Helsinki 
ISO Standards 
FDA - Center for Devices and Radiological Health

IIS Travel grant

All IIS investigators are invited to apply for the Dentsply Sirona Implants IIS Travel Grant. If a poster or oral presentation from your Investigator Initiated Study is accepted for presentation at an international congress, you are welcome to apply for a travel grant. For intracontinental travels we can support up to EUR 1 000, and for intercontinental travels up to EUR 2 000.

The travel grant can cover costs for:

  • Congress registration
  • Accommodation 
  • Transportation related to the congress  i.e. flight, train, taxi


  • The study must have an internal Dentsply Sirona Implants IIS reference number. 
  • The poster/oral presentation must be accepted for presentation at an international congress, which has a review process for abstract submission.
  • The poster/oral presentation must be in English.

The application for the Dentsply Sirona Implants IIS Travel Grant must be submitted to us no later than the first day of the congress. 


  • Each study and investigator is only eligible for one travel grant per congress.
  • Travel grants will not be approved retrospectively.
  • National regulations might limit our possibility to support.

How to submit your travel grant application

Fill in the application form below. E-mail it together with proof of acceptance and an electronic file of your abstract, poster, or oral presentation to: IIS.Dental@dentsplysirona.com, no later than the first day of the congress.

IIS Award

Invitation to IIS Award 2017

All IIS investigators are cordially invited to participate in the IIS Award 2017. If a poster or an oral presentation from your Investigator Initiated Study has been accepted and presented at a national or international scientific congress or meeting during 2017, you are welcome to submit your poster or oral presentation.

One poster and one oral presentation will be selected and receive an award of EUR 3 000.

  • Poster Award - clinical/basic research 
  • Oral Presentation Award

We need your submission no later than January 31, 2018.

The contributions will be reviewed by an external committee and the recipients of the IIS award 2017 will be announced in March 2018. Recipients will be notified via e-mail and awards will be announced here on our website.

Requirements for submission

  • The study must have an internal IIS reference number. 
  • The poster or presentation must be in English. 
  • The poster or presentation must have been accepted and presented at a scientific congress or meeting during 2017. 
  • The poster or presentation must be submitted to us no later than January 31, 2018.

Apply for IIS Award 2017

1. Download and save the submission form . 2. Fill in the form and attach a pdf-file of your poster or presentation before mailing. 3. Click on "Send" (requires an e-mail account i.e. Outlook). If you use webmail (e.g. Hotmail) send the attachments to: IIS.Dental@dentsplysirona.com

IIS Award winners 2016

The IIS Awards 2016 go to:

Poster Award

IIS D-2010-034
Short and conventional implants in the residual maxillary alveolar ridge – 36 months follow-up observation.

Jakub Hadzik1, Maciej Krawiec1, Tomasz Gedrange2, Marzena Dominiak1

1Department of Dental Surgery, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland

2Department of Orthodontics, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Presented at the EAO 2016

Motivation: The winning poster evaluates the use of short implants. This is a current topic and the presented results can be of clinical outmost interest.


Oral presentation Award

IIS I-IS-15-057
Additively manufactured titanium and cobalt-chromium implant frameworks – fit and effect of ceramic veneering

Svanborg P, Eliasson A, Stenport V
Department of Prosthodontics/Dental materials science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Presented at Swedish Dental Fair 2016

Motivation: The study presented in the winning oral presentation is performed in a high qualitative manner and has a high scientific level and interesting clinical results.