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Grants and Awards

Grant Programs

Requests for Applications (RFAs) for OREF grant opportunities will be released following the schedule below. Please note that the schedule is subject to change due to availability of funds.

Most grant programs for 2022 funding will be offered in two cycles with RFAs going live in November 2021 or March 2022. Changes and exceptions to the schedule will be noted on this page, so please check back often.

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Programs Opening 10/15/2021 
Grant
Program

Grant Amount
RFA Release Date
LOI Deadline
Application Deadline
AOSSM Sports Medicine Multicenter Research Trial Mentored Grant $400,000 (over 2 years)
10/15/2021 N/A 1/15/2022

2022 Round 1 - Programs Opening 11/15/2021 
Grant
Program

Grant Amount
RFA Release Date
LOI Deadline
Application Deadline
OREF Etiology of Hip Osteoarthritis Grant in Honor of William H. Harris, MD $250,000
over 2 years 
11/15/2021  12/15/2021 2/21/2022
OREF/AAOS Injectable Orthobiologics of Knee Osteoarthritis Grant $50,000
11/15/2021 N/A  2/21/2022 
OREF Treatment of Osteoarthritis Research Grant funded by the Arthritis Foundation $50,000 11/15/2021 12/15/2021 2/21/2022
OREF Impact of Regulatory Policies on the Patient-Physician Relationship Research Grant in Honor of Sigvard Hansen, MD $75,000  11/15/2021 N/A  2/21/2022
Resident Research Project Grant - Round 1
$5,000  11/15/2021
N/A 2/21/20221

2022 Round 2 - Programs Opening 3/15/2022 

Grant
Program

Grant Amount
RFA Release Date
LOI Deadline
Application Deadline
Friedenberg Mentored Clinician Scientist Grant $20,000  3/15/2022 N/A  6/15/2022
OREF and The Aircast Foundation Orthopaedic Research Grant $100,000 over 2 years 3/15/2022 4/18/2022  6/15/2022 
OREF Resident Clinician-Scientist Research Grant
$20,000 3/15/2022 N/A 6/15/2022
Resident Research Project Grant – Round 2 $5,000 3/15/2022 N/A 6/15/2022

Additional grants will be listed as RFA dates are confirmed. Bookmark this page or sign up for email updates to be notified as grants become available and deadlines approach. Please note: Any changes to RFA release dates will be reflected on this webpage.

Review Process
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. Applications undergo a rigorous review process where each application receives two reviews. Applications are matched to peer reviewers who are experts in the same field as the applicant.

Who can Apply?

OREF invites applications for funding for qualified, clinically relevant orthopaedic research projects. Specific eligibility requirements for each grant are listed in the grant descriptions.

OREF strongly encourages the submission of well-crafted basic, translational and clinical studies. Clinical relevance must be clearly noted in the abstract and specific aims and be obvious from the title and the study design. All proposed projects should generate results that have a practical application.

For more information, please contact the Grants team at (847) 430-5109 or by email at grants@oref.org.