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Grants and Awards

Grant & award Programs

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

Changes and exceptions to the schedule(s) below will be noted on this page, so please check back often. To be notified of all grant opportunities as their application period opens, sign up for email.

2023 Round 2 - Programs Opening 9/15/2022 


Grant Amount
RFA Release Date
LOI Deadline
Application Deadline
OREF/Goldberg Arthritis Research Grant
$50,000  9/15/2022 n/a 12/15/2022
OREF/ASES/Rockwood Clinical Shoulder Research Grant $50,000  9/15/2022 n/a 12/15/2022
Resident Research Project Grant - Round 1
(4 grants available)

$5,000 9/15/2022 10/17/2022  12/15/2022

Award Programs Opening 7/27/2022 

Award Program Award Amount RFA Release Date LOI Deadline Application Deadline
SICOT Travel Awards

$1,500  7/27/2022 N/A 8/23/2022

2023 Round 1 - Programs Opening 7/18/2022 


Grant Amount
RFA Release Date
LOI Deadline
Application Deadline
Career Development Grant
$300,000  7/18/2022 8/15/2022 10/17/2022
Prospective Clinical Research Grant $150,000  7/18/2022 8/15/2022 10/17/2022
New Investigator Grant (2 grants available)
$50,000 7/18/2022 8/15/2022  10/24/2022

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