[FUNDED] PRUDENT: Prioritization, incentives and resource use for sustainable dentistry

Oral diseases rank as the 3rd most expensive to treat in the EU, affecting nearly half of its population. Despite the UN and WHO’s goal of Universal Health Coverage, many EU citizens face financial hardships accessing essential oral health care. The PRUDENT project, led by Prof. Stefan Listl from Radboudumc, seeks to bridge this gap, ensuring better oral health for all. Fundament supported the consortium throughout the process of idea generation, designing the project, supporting consortium formation and co-writing the successful proposal.

PRUDENT project

Funding programme: Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Action
Duration: January 2023 – December 2027
Total budget: 5,3 M€
Consortium: 12 consortium members in 11 countries
Coordinator: Radboudumc


Showcase of a successful project


As highlighted in the 2021 WHO Oral Health Resolution, there are major challenges in the financing of oral health care. In deviation from the UN and WHO goal of Universal Health Coverage, many EU citizens do not have access to essential oral health care without financial hardship. This causes detrimental impacts for the individual citizen, while increasing costs and wasting resources on the macro level. Research-policy gaps and research-practice gaps keep triggering inertia and inaction instead of addressing the persistent, albeit largely preventable, burden of oral diseases.

To this end, the PRUDENT project aims to develop and implement an innovative and context-adaptive framework for optimized financing of oral care. PRUDENT brings together top investigators from prestigious universities i, public authorities and policymakers, civil society and patient organizations, health insurers, and health professionals, to achieve a step change in collective problem-solving. Through a mixed-methods research approach PRUDENT will:
– Co-develop oral health system performance indicators.
– Conduct experiments to identify optimal oral care financing mechanisms.
– Leverage regulatory learning and needs-adaptive resource planning.

All findings culminate in the PRUDENT Financing Companion, a comprehensive guide with policy briefs and decision aid tools for actionable and context-adaptive improvement of oral care financing.

What Stefan says about our support:

“Working with Fundament on large multi-partner grant applications has been very successful and enjoyable. Linde’s expertise in developing effective and efficient project plans with clear pathways to impact is exceptional.”

Read more about our support in preparing strong proposals.

Author: Linde van Ittersum

Co-founder and Research Funding Professional at Fundament.

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