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2022 Funded Grants

The following grants will be funded in calendar year 2022. Grant application deadlines and requirements vary, so please read each grant description carefully. The RFA for each grant can be accessed on proposalCentral using the links below. RFAs include all eligibility requirements.

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Sports Medicine Multicenter Research Grant
Funding: $400,000 over two years
Grant Description: funds proposals focused on the broad area of sports medicine multicenter research trials.
Eligibility: AOSSM/OREF requires a practicing Orthopaedic Surgeon who is fellowship trained and who is a member of AOSSM in the role of Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI who may be collaborating with a PhD in order to foster the application of a full range of expertise, approaches, technologies, and creativity. View the RFA on proposalCentral for complete eligibility requirements
Important Dates: applications are due January 15, 2022.
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OREF Etiology of Hip Osteoarthritis Grant in Honor of William H. Harris, MD
Funding: $250,000 over two years
Grant Description: funds investigator-initiated research proposals focused on the etiology of hip osteoarthritis.
Eligibility: Orthopaedic Surgeon as PI or co-investigator. Must be licensed to practice and working in an institution in the U.S. A PhD or DVM may serve as the principal investigator but must hold a faculty appointment in an orthopaedic department in the U.S. and an orthopaedic surgeon must serve as a co-investigator. View the RFA on proposalCentral for complete eligibility requirements
Important Dates: A Letter of Intent must be submitted by December 15, 2021. Investigators whose proposals are selected to move forward will receive an invitation to complete the application process.
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OREF/AAOS Injectable Orthobiologics Knee Osteoarthritis Research Grant
Funding: $50,000 over one year
Grant Description: focused on the broad area of injectable orthobiologics for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.
Eligibility: Orthopaedic Surgeons licensed to practice in the U.S and working in an institution in the U.S. with active clinical practice. Principal Investigator is required to be member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). PhDs, DVMs or other qualified researchers can serve as a co-investigator, but should hold a faculty appointment in an orthopaedic department at an institution in the U.S. View the RFA on proposalCentral for complete eligibility requirements
Important Dates: Applications must be submitted by February 21, 2022.
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OREF Treatment of Osteoarthritis Research Grant funded by the Arthritis Foundation
Funding: $50,000 over one year
Grant Description: funds proposals that aim to help us better understand how to prevent and treat osteoarthritis, one of the most common causes of disability in adults.
Eligibility: Multidisciplinary research activity is always encouraged. A PhD or DVM may serve as the principal investigator (PI) if s/he has a primary or secondary faculty appointment in an orthopaedic department. A letter from the department chair confirming this appointment is required. The orthopaedic surgeon must be licensed to practice in the United States. View the RFA on proposalCentral for complete eligibility requirements
Important Dates: A Letter of Intent must be submitted by December 15, 2021. Investigators whose proposals are selected to move forward will receive an invitation to complete the application process.
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The OREF Impact of Regulatory Policies on the Patient-Physician Relationship Research Grant in Honor of Sigvard Hansen, MD
Funding: $75,000 over one year
Grant Description: funds proposals that explore the impact of regulatory practices on the patient-physician relationship. The proposal should examine how and to what extent the burden of additional required documentation impacts the amount and quality of time a physician has available to focus on direct patient care.
Eligibility: Multidisciplinary research activity is always encouraged. PhDs may serve as the principal investigator (PI) if they have a primary or secondary faculty appointment in an orthopaedic department. A letter from the department chair confirming this appointment is required. The orthopaedic surgeon must be licensed to practice in the United States. View the RFA on proposalCentral for complete eligibility requirements
Important Dates: Applications must be submitted by February 21, 2022.
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Resident Research Project Grant—RD1
Funding: $5,000 over one year
Grant Description: Provides funding to residents who are interested in research. Covers research expenses, but not salary or travel. Work should clearly be achievable by the resident as a free-standing project even when it is a part of a larger work.
Eligibility: The applicant (PI) must be an orthopaedic surgery resident in an ACGME-Accredited orthopaedic program in the United States. Resident Research Project grants now have 3 deadlines per year. Please choose the deadline that most closely aligns with your research rotation. Residents will be allowed to submit one application per year.View the RFA on proposalCentral for complete eligibility requirements
Important Dates: Applications must be submitted by February 21, 2022.
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Grant FAQs

  • How do I access an application in proposalCENTRAL?
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  • Can I include overhead costs charged by my institution as part of my OREF grant application?
  • My project requires more funding than OREF provides. How should I show this in my application?
  • Do I need to list all investigators/technicians who will be working with me on my research project?
  • Is there a minimum amount of time that a Principal Investigator should allocate to the proposed project?
  • If I don't have final IRB or IACUC approval by the submission deadline, what should I do?
  • Regarding formatting, are page numbers important, are page limits strictly enforced and is the type size critical?
  • If I know, when submitting my application, that I will be conducting my research at a new institution, which institution should I list on the application?
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  • Can another researcher take over as PI on a grant?