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Grants and Awards

Research Education Programs

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.

For more information, please contact the Grants team at (847) 430-5109 or by email at

OREF/ORS/AAOS Resident Research Symposia

Description of Program:
  • This regional program offers residents from the various training programs an opportunity to showcase their research projects.
  • Presentations & papers are judged by well-known orthopaedic researchers or peers in the field.
  • Top three presentations are provided cash prizes.
Who Applies:
  • Residents of invited institutions. 
  • Resident must be completing research project.
Please visit the Resident Research Symposia page for a list of scheduled symposia, or contact Carmen Metoyer for more information.


ORS/OREF/AAOS New Investigator Grant Writing Workshop

Description of Program:
  • Encourages and enhances the research abilities of young orthopaedic surgeons. The workshops provide Grant/Award recipients the opportunity to have their sample grant applications reviewed by experienced NIH-quality researchers.
  • Reviewers offer advice on ways to improve the applications to increase their chances for NIH acceptance.
Who Applies:
  • Post-doctoral Researchers.
  • Clinical Fellows.
  • Residents.
  • Applicants must have a commitment to pursing an academic research career.
  Visit the ORS website to learn about the submission process.