Implant Dentistry Research & Education Foundation

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IDREF-LogoIDREF was established in 1993 in order to substantially advance the science and quality of practice of implant dentistry and to foster high standards of research and education for all dental professionals. Through IDREF the ICOI raises needed funds to support these goals.

What We Have Done
To date, IDREF has contributed well over one million dollars to implant research and education worldwide.

Our Mission
The mission of IDREF is to encourage, to support and to acknowledge innovations in the field of implant dentistry through the sponsorship of research and educational programs.

Our Vision
Through our members, the ICOI, continues to serve thousands of dental implant patients. The advances made possible through our society’s research grants, education awards, student awards and consensus conferences continually “raise the bar,” so that oral implantology/implant dentistry is perceived as, and is in fact, a mature specialized area of our profession.

Your Support
IDREF needs your continued support! It is essential to fund our existing research grants, student awards and education programs. Donations to IDREF are fully tax deductible and 100% of your donation will go directly to where it is allocated, since the overhead of IDREF is fully absorbed by ICOI general funds.

Annually, many ICOI members, dental corporations and grateful patients generously make and/or pledge contributions to IDREF. We applaud their donations and acknowledge them annually.

IDREF’s Board of Trustees
A Board of Trustees separate from the ICOI’s Board of Directors governs IDREF. ICOI’s Executive Committee functions to oversee the administrative activities of IDREF.

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)
The Scientific Advisory Board is made up of world-renowned and respected university researchers who have made significant contributions in basic science and\or applied research. The SAB is responsible for formally reviewing all grant proposals submitted to IDREF for both extramural and intramural research funding. All formal grants go through a blind primary and secondary critique process with copies of the reviews returned to the investigator. After the reviews are completed, the SAB presents the choices for grant funding to IDREF’s Board. IDREF’s grant review procedures mirror those used by the NIH.

Members of the Scientific Advisory Board are:

IDREF Scientific Advisory Board


Dr. Sang-Choon Cho – Chairman
Program Director, Advanced Program for International Dentists in Implant Dentistry
Co-Director, Clinical Research
New York University
Ashman Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry
345 East 24th Street, Suite 3W
New York, NY 10010

Dr. Stuart Jay Froum-Co-chairman
17 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019-5412

Dr. Richard Kraut
Chairman, Department of Dentistry
Director, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Montefiore Medical Center
111 E. 210 St.
Bronx, NY 10467

Dr. Kenneth Judy, Ex-Officio
Phone (973) 783-6300
Fax (973) 783-1175

IDREF Research Grant Program

The objective of IDREF grants is to encourage new investigators by providing “seed” or start-up funding for promising research projects. Subject to funds available, grants of $20,000 to $25,000 per application are awarded for one year of support. A second renewal year of support may be requested through our competitive review process.

The principal investigator or co-principal investigator must hold an appropriate terminal degree. A dental resident or Ph.D. candidate may apply if the appropriate department chair or advisor provides a letter confirming that the investigator is coming on staff the year a project is funded.

Deadline for Applications is December 31st

Period of Grant
One full year: April 1 – March 31

Research grant guidelines and the application form are located on the top right side of this page.

ICOI/IDREF Consensus Conferences:
ICOI/IDREF has also been instrumental in bringing together experts on implant education. The ICOI with substantial contributions from industry has held five consensus conferences for the development of curriculum guidelines for oral implantology:

  • Osseointegration in Oral Implantology (1988)
  • Pre-Doctoral Dental Implant Education (1990)
  • Implant Education in General Practice Residency/Advanced Education in General Dentistry Programs (1991)
  • Oral Implantology\Implant Dentistry for Dental Hygiene Education and Continuing Education for Practicing Dental Hygienists (1995)
  • Vertical Dimension of Occlusion Relating to Implants (2002)
  • Consensus Conference Panel Report: Crown-Height Space Guidelines for Implant Dentistry (2005)
  • Implant Success, Survival, and Failure: The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) Pisa Consensus Conference (2008)
  • Use of Cone Beam Computed Tomography in Implant Dentistry (2012)