In 1967, the Social and Rehabilitation Services of the U.S. Public Health Service created the "Regional Centers for Maxillofacial Prosthetics" and awarded a grant for prosthetic rehabilitation of maxillofacial patients.

In 1974, the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health Established a grant entitled "Training Program for Maxillofacial Prosthodontists and Maxillofacial Dental Technicians". This grant was repeated in 1976 and in 1978. Many universities and hospitals which has a reputation in training fellows in maxillofacial prosthetics were recipients of these grants. In the same year, the National Institute of Dental Research gave grants for the "Development of Improved Materials for External Prostheses". Again, a few renowned dental materials departments and medical centers were recipients of the grants.

The American Cancer Society and state sections of this organization offer support for maxillofacial prosthetic rehabilitation with smaller grants and/or fellowship stipends for training doctors. The federal government supports prosthetic rehabilitation of maxillofacial patients in the military and Veterans Administration hospitals.

The Ackerman Award is not given annually, but only when the Awards Committee determines that an individual has distinguished oneself at a level that merits special recognition. Other recipients of the Ackerman Award are listed.