The European Orthodontic Society (EOS) gives a range of grants and awards each year.  Please see overview below.  For detailed information please click on the appropriate links.


1.  EOS Research Grants (by application, research committee decision)

a)  EOS Research Grant to support research (up to £30,000, or the equivalent in Euros)

b)  W J B Houston Memorial Research Scholarship to support research fellowships visiting a department and undertaking research (up to £30,000, or the equivalent in Euros, per year for up to three years).

2.  Awards

a) Sheldon Friel Memorial Lecture (EOS Council nomination of £3,000 (or the equivalent in Euros)

b) Houston Oral and Poster Research Awards (by application; decisions of research committees, £2,500 each). 

  i) Best Research Paper

  ii) Best Scientific Poster

c) Beni Solow Award (selected by the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Orthodontics. £3,000)

d) Francesca Miotti Best Clinical Poster Award (automatic enrolment. £750)

e) EOS Poster Awards (automatic enrolment; up to five awards of £750 each).

f) Distinguished Teacher Award (by EOS Council; funds two days of lectures).


EOS Research Grants

The EOS has two grant programme which are open to all who have been EOS members for a minimum period of two consecutive years at the date of application for an award:

Research funding available from the EOS

EOS Research Grants

The EOS Research Grants are awarded on the basis of scientific merit of the proposed research and the relevance to orthodontics.  Applicants are advised to focus  on a specific project that can be addressed in terms of an hypothesis and two or three specific aims.  The research grants are announced annually.  The maximum grant available is £30,000.

W J B Houston Memorial Research Scholarship

The W J B Houston Memorial Research Scholarships are for fellowships to allow junior researchers to visit a research department. The maximum award is £90,000 i.e. £30,000 per annum payable for a period of three years.

Applications for the Houston Memorial Research Scholarship will be announced in the newsletters.

If the scholarship is not accessed within a period of one year from notification of an award, the funds will be withdrawn and included in the next round of applications.  The grounds for not taking up the award will be reviewed and future applications of those named in the application may be declined.

General guidelines for EOS Research Grants and the W J B Houston Memorial Research Scholarship.

The closing date for applications is the 31st December.

The grants can cover:

materials, accommodation, travel and living expenses incurred while actively implementing the research project;

salaries of laboratory assistants/technicians and support staff.

The EOS does NOT fund:

salaries of applicants;

institutional overheads of large items of capital equipment;

proposals for which duplicate funding has been awarded and accepted;

attendance at Congresses.

Resubmission of a non-funded proposal is permissible in the next review cycle. Applicants choosing to resubmit may submit an additional single page summary of responses to prior reviewer critiques (if any were supplied) and a description of any difference between the original submission and the resubmission.

If the grant is not accessed within a period of one year from notification of an award the funds will be withdrawn and included in the next round of applications.  The grounds for not taking up the award will be reviewed and future applications of those named in the application may be declined.

Application procedure

The Application, Budget and Terms and Conditions forms can be completed electronically. The forms should be printed and signed. The Instructions for the Research Planmust be followed when writing the research plan.

The completed forms and research plan, in a single PDF with the applicant's name in the title, should be submitted as an e-mail attached document to:


Grant Review Procedures and Criteria

The EOS recruits and maintains a Grants Committee comprised of established investigators with the appropriate expertise to provide constructive and equitable evaluations of grant applications. The Committee may assign the proposals to external reviewers based on the expertise of the reviewers and the research area(s) of the proposal. Reviewers are required to keep the information presented in grant applications and the deliberations of the Scientific Review Committee strictly confidential.

The following criteria are taken into consideration when reviewing grants:

1. Scientific merit. Does the investigator have a clear hypothesis and specific aims? Are the hypotheses and specific aims reasonable in the light of current knowledge? Will the experimental design allow the investigator to achieve the specific aims and test the hypothesis? Are the methods clearly explained and appropriate? Has the investigator satisfactorily addressed issues or concerns regarding the rights of human subjects and/or the appropriate care and treatment of laboratory animals? Can the research proposed be accomplished in the time period of the grant?

2. Relevance. Will the proposed research contribute significantly to current knowledge in the field of orthodontics?

3. Appropriateness of the budget. Is the total amount requested reasonable for the research proposed? Are the amounts requested for each budget category reasonable? Has the investigator clearly justified the budget requests?

4. Expertise and experience of the applicant. Do the applicant and/or co-investigator(s) have the appropriate expertise and experience to undertake the proposed research? Has the applicant identified appropriate individuals as key personnel, collaborators, or consultants? Has the applicant documented the willingness of collaborators or consultants to participate in the research?


The EOS has awards in honour of the following people:

Francesca  Miotti Photo  

Ernest Sheldon Friel (1887-1970)

William (Bill) J B Houston (1938-1981) Beni Solow                    (1934-2000) Francesca Ada Miotti (1951-2013)  

 Sheldon Friel Memorial Lecture

This honour is awarded by the Council of the EOS to a person who is an orthodontist, or who has interests associated with orthodontics, as recognition of past scientific achievement.

An honorarium of £3,000 is payable on publication of the lecture in the European Journal of Orthodontics.

Houston Oral and Poster Research Awards

The following awards were instigated by the European Orthodontic Society in memory of William J B Houston:

W J B Houston Research Awards

Every year, the interest from a trust, incorporating some of the Society's reserves, is available to finance two awards, one for the best research paper and the other for the best poster, presenting the results of original, unpublished research, of a topic of orthodontic interest at the annual Congress.  The winners will receive an inscribed certificate and a prize of £2,500 (or the equivalent in Euros).

Applicants for these awards must have been members of the EOS for a minimum period of two consecutive years at the date of application. Those who wish to be considered for these awards must indicate at the time of abstract submission and also submit a paper on their research to the EOS office by the specified date.

Beni Solow Award

Following the death of Beni Solow, an award was instigated to honour his outstanding work for the European Journal of Orthodontics as a member of the editorial board, referee and author. All papers published in the EJO during the preceding year are eligible. The Editorial Board of the EJO undertakes selection and the winner is announced at the annual Congress.

The award is for £3,000 (or the equivalent in Euros) together with an inscribed certificate.

Evaluation of articles

All members of the editorial board (excluding the Editor and Associate Editors) select 10 articles that should be considered for the award. The Editorial Board are not permitted to select any article in which they are listed as an author.

The marks are collated and the 10 articles that receive the most with the most marks are then rescored under the following categories:

  • relevance
  • originality
  • methodology
  • presentation of results
  • discussion
  • impact

Francesca Miotti Award

Following a kind donation to the EOS in memory of Francesca Miotti, an award has been instigated in her name.  A sum of £750 (or the equivalent in Euros), together with a certificate, will be awarded to the best clinical poster on display at the annual Congress.  This award is open to both members and non-members.

EOS poster awards

Up to five awards each with a value of £750 (or Euro equivalent), together with an inscribed certificate, are available for the five posters, identified by the committee of judges, on display at the annual Congress on any topic displaying the best information, presentation and research.  All posters on display are automatically eligible for these awards.

Posters entered for the Houston Research Award are not eligible for these awards. These five poster awards are also open to non-EOS members.

Distinguished Teacher Award

The Distinguished Teacher Award is given annually by the EOS, to a well known speaker/teacher in the orthodontic field to undertake two one-day lectures in different areas of Europe.  By organising this award, the EOS aims to contribute to the quality of the postgraduate programmes in Europe.  Travel, hotel accommodation and subsistence for the lecturer is paid by the EOS.   The EOS will also refund a sum up to €1,500 to the host university to cover the cost of any expenses in arranging the meeting.  An additional sum will be available for recording of the lecture.