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Grants and Awards

Award Programs

OREF supports independent, peer-reviewed musculoskeletal research and education initiatives that have the potential to accelerate knowledge and ultimately improve the delivery of orthopaedic care. Grant and award recipients are selected through OREF's independent peer-review process, which is modeled on that of the National Institutes of Health. OREF seeks to fund high-quality and clinically relevant orthopaedic research and education projects through a grants and awards mechanism.

For more information, please contact the Grants team at (847) 430-5109 or by email at
  • OREF Clinical Research Award

    $20,000 award
    • Recognizes outstanding clinical research related to musculoskeletal disease or injury.
    • Manuscripts should be original and 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.
    • Submissions must follow the stated guidelines to be considered for this award.
    • Lead author must be a member (or candidate member) of the AAOS, ORS, Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) or Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society (CORS).
    • Submissions for the 2019 Kappa Delta and OREF Clinical Research Awards will be accepted in electronic format only. Please email a PDF of your entire submission to no later than 11:59 PM CDT on July 1, 2018. Late submissions will not be considered.
    • Select the link below or visit the AAOS website for submission guidelines and instructions.
    July 1, 2018
  • Travel Award

    Up to $500
    • OREF in partnership with ORS 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.
    • Award provides a $500 honorarium to offset travel expenses to the ORS Annual Meeting where the successful candidates will present their work.
    • Applicants must have obtained an MD, DO, DDM, DPT, DDS, DVM or equivalent.
    • Orthopaedic surgeons who've completed formal training within the last five years.
    • Applicants do not need to be members of the ORS and need not have previously attended an Annual Meeting.
    • Visit the ORS website for more information
    The current application period is closed. This listing will be updated when new funding is available.
    Aug 31, 2015, 12:00 AM
  • CCJR Award

    $2,000 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.
    • The primary author Award Recipients will be given the opportunity to present his/her paper at a CCJR meeting, which attracts an international orthopaedic surgeon audience, and will join a faculty comprising  orthopaedic thought leaders. The Award Recipients’ presentation will be included in the meeting’s enduring materials, and will be considered for publication.  As a faculty member, travel expenses will be reimbursed by CCI.
    • OREF will administer the selection process for these awards.  An independent selection committee convened by OREF will determine the Award Recipients.  The first award will be presented at the Annual Spring CCJR meeting in Las Vegas May 20–23, 2018.  The second award will be presented at the Annual Winter CCJR meeting in Orlando December 12–15, 2018.
    • Send electronic manuscript file and supporting documents to Delores Yates (
    • The manuscript submission deadline is March 5, 2018. Announcement of the award recipients will be made in April, 2018.
    • Private practice orthopaedic surgeons and fellows are encouraged to apply.  
      Orthopaedic Surgeons in an academic setting are also eligible to submit manuscripts for consideration.
    • Priority points will be given to private practice orthopaedic surgeons and fellows.
    • All candidates must have completed studies focusing on health care policy, clinical outcomes or translational research having immediate impact.
    The current application period is closed. This listing will be updated when new funding is available.
    Mar 5, 2018, 11:59 PM