The Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry (CiPD) and Schoenleber funded RESTORE prize invite faculty, clinicians, and research staff to submit proposals for the REgeneration and ReSToration of Functions in ORal HEalth (RESTORE) Prize, a highly selective competition to support the development of new feasible solutions for oral and craniofacial disorders.

A prize of $80,000 will be awarded to the winning investigators.

The RESTORE Prize will select innovative collaboration at the interface of dental medicine, health sciences and engineering to develop new approaches to restore oral health function in patients affected by oral diseases, craniofacial disorders, and cancers. This award program supports investigators with no prior collaboration, as well as ongoing collaborative teams, investigating novel ideas using regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and computational approaches to kickstart competitive proposals. Submissions are evaluated based on: (1) Originality and novelty (2) Impact to oral-craniofacial health and (3) Team composition with complementary expertise which are suitable for development for R01 funding or for translation/commercialization.


  • All faculty in Penn Engineering and Penn Dental Medicine, including secondary faculty appointments, are eligible for the RESTORE prize. Faculty from other schools are also welcome to join the collaboration between Engineering and Dental Medicine.
  • At least two faculty must submit a single proposal application, with at least one representative from Penn Engineering and Penn Dental Medicine.
  • Both new and ongoing collaborative teams are encouraged to submit a proposal application.
  • T90/R90 or T32 Postdoctoral trainees and junior research staff are also encouraged to submit.

Proposal Applications

Proposal Applications require two components:

  1. A one-page summary of the concept that will be supported by the award, including the scientific/clinical significance, general approach, and its potential impact on oral and craniofacial health.
  2. A Biosketch for each nominee. NSF-style or NIH-style are permitted.

How to Submit Proposal Applications

  • Proposal applications should be submitted as a single PDF, entitled: RESTORE PRIZE_proposal_lastnameX.
  • Proposal applications must be submitted to, where the subject line should include “RESTORE Prize proposal lastnameX”.
  • The lastnameX includes the complete list of faculty for a proposal application in order to facilitate the processing of the proposal application.

All applications submitted will be considered for the RESTORE Prize. The review committee may reach out with follow-up instructions and information for this opportunity.

Review of Submissions and Finalist Selection

All submissions received will be reviewed by a senior advisory committee composed of faculty from Penn Engineering and Penn Dental Medicine and advisors to CiPD. Up to five (5) submissions will be selected as finalists. Finalists will be asked to present their concepts to an advisory panel in October. The selection and announcement of the awardee will occur in November 2024.

CiPD provides funding opportunities to promote research, training and entrepreneurship focused on translatable technologies to restore craniofacial function and to develop precision diagnostics and affordable therapeutics to promote oral-craniofacial health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Submissions will be evaluated based on: (1) Originality and novelty (2) Impact to oral-craniofacial health and (3) Team composition with complementary expertise.

Both new and existing collaborations are acceptable.

At this time, only postdocs enrolled in the T90/R90, T32 or CiPD training programs can apply.

The inclusion of graduate students and postdocs are strongly encouraged.

The award is expected to support the research costs for the proposed breakthrough with RESTORE focus. The awardees are provided the authority to spend the funds as they deem appropriate.




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