Applications Invited for Grants to be Awarded in 2014

OREF supports independent, peer-reviewed musculoskeletal research and education seeking clinically relevant advancements that orthopaedic surgeons can apply in daily practice to improve outcomes and help patients enjoy more of life. Research grant and award recipients are selected through OREF's independent, peer-review process, which is modeled on the process used by the National Institutes of Health. OREF invites applications for funding for qualified, clinically relevant orthopaedic research and education projects as grants and awards are funded.

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Grant or Award Description and Eligibility Requirements Deadline How to Apply
Clinical Research Award

This award recognizes outstanding clinical research related to musculoskeletal disease or injury. Manuscripts should be original and the lead author must be a member (or candidate member) of AAOS, ORS, Canadian Orthopaedic Association, or Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society. One award of $20,000 is offered. Manuscripts should represent a large body of cohesive scientific work generally reflecting years of investigation. If the submission reflects a single project, it should be of high significance and impact. This program is administered by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  

Who Should Apply

  • Lead author must be a member of the AAOS, ORS, Canadian Orthopaedic Association, Canadian ORS, or sponsored by a member.
July 1, 2013

Visit the AAOS website to learn about the submission process.

MSTS Clinical Research Grant in Orthopaedic Oncology

This grant encourages new and established investigators by providing seed and start-up funding for promising research projects that improve clinical outcomes for patients. Clinical relevance must be clearly noted in the abstract and specific aims, and be obvious from the title and study design. Budgets must be justified, and projects should be prospective, multi-institutional if necessary to meet accrual goals, and if so open to institutions of Musculoskeltal Tumor Society (MSTS) members. The principal or co-principal investigator must be an MSTS member in good standing. Pilot studies should identify specific sources of potential longer term or matching funding. One grant of up to $100,000 over a one-to-two-year study period, conditional upon annual review, is available. Projects for lesser amounts are eligible. Only clinical projects are eligible; basic science proposals will not be considered. 

Who Should Apply

  • Investigators conducting clinical research in orthopaedic oncology. 
  • Principal or co-principal investigator must be an orthopaedic surgeon, a member in good standing of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, and working at an institution in the U.S. or Canada. 
  • PhDs are eligible to apply if affiliated with an orthopaedic department.
September 12, 2013 Download Application [DOC]
New Investigator Grant
This one-year grant provides support to advance the scientific training of the next generation of orthopaedists. Orthopaedic surgeons in approved orthopaedic residency and fellowship programs, or who have completed formal training within the last four years* may apply by submitting a proposal for an individual plan for further research investigation. 

*This requirement is flexible if a sabbatical or leave of absence was taken during the candidate’s early career and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Who Should Apply

  • Orthopaedic surgeons who are in accredited orthopaedic residency and fellowship programs or who have completed formal training within the last four years. 
September 12, 2013 Download Application [DOC]
OREF Mentored Clinician-Scientist Grant
This grant supports the development of new clinician scientists who have demonstrated success as both a clinician and a researcher. Investigators should currently have one or more K08 or K23 awards from the NIH or an equivalent funding source. OREF will provide $20,000 to supplement the K08 or K23 funding and allow the investigator to spend dedicated time in research in order to develop a productive career in academic orthopaedic surgery. This annual stipend supplements the investigator’s salary and compensates for the projected loss of income resulting from the recipient’s reduced clinical productivity. Relevant subspecialty organizations will be encouraged to provide stipend support as well. The grant is renewable annually for up to five years, equal to the term of the research funding, and subject to annual review. No OREF grant funds may be used for the costs of the research itself.

Who Should Apply 

  • The investigator must be an orthopaedic surgeon working at an institution in the U.S.
  • Candidate must currently have K08 or K23 funding from the NIH or equivalent mentored research funding. 
September 12, 2013 Download Application [DOC]
Research Grant in Revision Related to Total Ankle Arthroplasty

This grant provides start-up funding or seed money for a new investigator doing research in the area of total ankle arthroplasty revisions. Thanks to generous support from Wright Medical, one grant totaling up to $100,000 for a maximum period of two years is available, conditional upon annual review. Clinical relevance must be clearly noted in the abstract and specific aims, and be explicit in both the project title and the study design. The principal investigator or co-principal investigator must be an orthopaedic surgeon. PhDs and DVMs are eligible if they are affiliated with an orthoapedic department and working with an orthopaedic surgeon who is the principal investigator or co-principal investigator. Funds may not be used for salary. Application for projects of a clinical or basic science nature will be accepted.

Who Should Apply

  • New investigators conducting research in revision related to total ankle arthroplasty.
  • The principal or co-principal investigator must be an orthopaedic surgeon working at an institution in the U.S.
  • PhDs and DVMs are eligible to apply if they are affiliated with an orthopaedic department.
September 12, 2013  Download Application [DOC]
RJOS Research Grant in Women's Musculoskeletal Health

This award will help train and develop female orthopaedic surgeons to improve knowledge in the area of women’s musculoskeletal health, and enhance the understanding of gender and diversity differences in the outcomes of orthopaedic procedures. The candidate must be a female orthopaedic surgeon who is a member of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS). One grant of $25,000 for one year is available 

Who Should Apply

  • The principal investigator must be a female orthopaedic surgeon working at an institution in the US or Canada.
  • The investigator must be a member in good standing of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS) and pursuing research in the area of women’s musculoskeletal health.
September 12, 2013  Download Application [DOC]
Resident Clinician Scientist Grant The objective of the Resident Clinician Scientist Training Grant is to prepare residents for a career with research as a major component. Clinical relevance must be clearly noted in the abstract and specific aims sections, and be obvious from the title and study design.  Grants of up to $20,000 to cover research expenses, but not salary for one year will be considered for orthopaedic surgery residents or fellows completing an orthopaedic fellowship in accredited orthopaedic programs. Within the one-year grant period, the grantee is required to have a minimum of three months of dedicated research time, with six months preferred. The grantee’s time commitment must be consistent with the grantee's role on the project, and must be justified. The work should clearly be achievable by the grantee as a free-standing project even when it is a part of a larger work, and it should potentially lead to publication with the grantee as an author. Both laboratory and clinical projects (e.g., outcome studies) are suitable, but in either case clinical relevance must be explicitly and clearly described. 

Who Should Apply

  • Orthopaedic surgery residents or fellows in ACGME-accredited orthopaedic programs in the US that intend to pursue a career with research as a major component.
September 12, 2013 Download Application [DOC]
Resident Research Project Grant

OREF invites submissions for grants of $5,000 each intended for orthopaedic residents who are working with a  mentor to develop research interests. Clinical relevance must be clearly noted in the abstract and specific aims sections of the application, and be obvious from the title and study design. Both laboratory and clinical projects are suitable. Funding may be applied to research expenses, but not salary or travel. Several one-year grants are available for Project Year 2014.

Who Should Apply

  • Orthopaedic surgery residents in ACGME-accredited orthopaedic programs in the US. Resident must be working with mentor to develop research interest.
September 12, 2013  Download Application [DOC]
ORS/OREF Travel Awards in Orthopaedic Research Translation

ORS/OREF Travel Awards in Orthopaedic Research Translation recognize clinician scientists and clinical investigators in the early stages of their careers for playing a key or leading role in an original research project in clinical or translational medicine, demonstrating excellence in training, and showing a commitment to orthopaedic research. Five recipients will receive free registration for and will present their work at the 2014 ORS Annual Meeting. Award recipients will be given a $500 honorarium, up to $1,000 in travel reimbursement, and two additional years of free Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Annual Meeting registration. To be eligible, an applicant must have obtained an MD, DO, DDM, DPT, DDS or equivalent, have an active independent clinical practice, and be no more than five years past completion of a clinical residency or fellowship program. The five years of eligibility are defined from the date of completion of residency training or clinical subspecialty fellowship training. Award recipients must submit an abstract on which they are the first and presenting author for the ORS Annual Meeting. 

Who Should Apply

  • First and presenting authors who have obtained an MD, DO, DDM, DPT, DDS or equivalent, have an active independent clinical practice, and are no more than five years past completion of a clinical residency or fellowship program.
November 1, 2013  Visit the ORS website to learn about the submission process. 
Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Clinical Practice Award

OREF and the Current Concepts in Joint Replacement (CCJR) meetings, through the auspices of the Current Concepts Institute (CCI), invite manuscripts for the OREF/Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Clinical Practice Award. Manuscripts must address completed investigations focusing on health care policy, clinical outcomes, or translational research that has immediate clinical impact in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. An award of $2,000 will be given in recognition of scientific achievement and clinical relevance. All orthopaedic surgeons in clinical fellowship training programs or who have completed residency and/or fellowship training and are in private practice are eligible.

The primary author award recipient will be given the opportunity to present his/her paper at the next CCJR meeting, which attracts an international orthopaedic surgeon audience. The recipient of the Winter 2014 award will join a faculty comprising orthopaedic thought leaders in Orlando, Fla., in December 2014. The recipient of the Spring 2014 award will participate in the May 2014 meeting in Las Vegas. As a faculty member, the award recipient’s travel expenses will be reimbursed by CCI, and her/his presentation will be included in the meeting’s enduring materials and considered for publication.

OREF will administer the selection process for this award. Submissions will be blinded, and an independent selection committee convened by OREF will determine the award recipient.

Who Should Apply

  • Orthopaedic surgeons who have completed residency and/or fellowship training and are in private practice, who have completed studies focusing on health care policy, clinical outcomes or translational research having immediate clinical impact.
January 7, 2014 Application not yet available.

OREF/AGS Partnership Program

This program provides supplemental funding for the National Institute on Aging's (NIA) GEMSSTAR award. The goal of this early career grant is to help new investigators establish a research track record in the field of geriatrics research, while nurturing their academic careers. Junior faculty are encouraged to apply. This R03 grant is administered by the National Institutes of Aging.

Who Should Apply

  • Junior faculty who have applied for an NIA GEMSSTAR grant and have a mentorship team.

Open application.

Contact Mary Marino, Acting Grants Manager, for more information.

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