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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 this list of funding opportunities is subject to change due to availability of funds.

Please NOTE: Grant programs for 2020 funding will be offered in one of three cycles with RFAs going live in September 2019, November 2019 or May 2020. Grant programs for 2021 funding will be offered in two cycles with RFAs going live in November 2020 or May 2021.

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Programs Opening 5/4/2020 

Grant Amount
RFA Release Date
LOI Deadline
Application Deadline
Career Development Grant
 $225,000 5/4/2020  6/4/2020 7/30/2020
Prospective Clinical Grant
 $150,000  5/4/2020
OREF Multimodal Musculoskeletal Perioperative Pain Management Grant
 $55,000 5/4/2020  N/A 7/30/2020
Mentored Clinician Scientist Grant $20,000 5/4/2020 N/A 7/30/2020
Resident Research Project Grant  $5,000   5/4/2020
  N/A   7/30/2020

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

To learn more about specific grant opportunities, please select a category below.