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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/Current Concepts in Joint Replacement (CCJR) Clinical Practice 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' presentations 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 Cleveland, OH May 8–11, 2019. The second award will be presented at the Annual Winter CCJR meeting in Orlando, FL December 11–14, 2019.
    • All manuscripts must be submitted electronically through proposalCENTRAL. If you don't already have an account, go to proposalCENTRAL by clicking the button below, then click the "Create an Account" link, which is located in the top right corner of the page.
    • The manuscript submission deadline is March 14, 2019. Announcement of the award recipients will be made in April, 2019.
    • 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 application period has passed.
    Mar 14, 2019, 11:59 PM
  • 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