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Upcoming and Open Grants

Grant application deadlines and requirements vary, so please read each grant description carefully. RFAs may be accessed on proposalCentral once the grant opens. RFAs include all eligibility requirements.

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Closed Grants: grants listed below may open for another grant cycle pending funding availability and other factors. Please visit the Grant Programs page for a list of currently scheduled grants.

  • OREF New Investigator Grant (2023 funding)
  • OREF Career Development Grant (2023 funding)
  • OREF Prospective Clinical Research Grant (2023 funding)
  • OREF/OTA Enhancing Recovery from Soft-Tissue Injury Occurring in Conjunction with Skeletal Trauma Research Grant funded by Arthrex
  • OREF Skeletal Metastases and Pathological Fractures Research Grant in Collaboration with the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society
  • Friedenberg Mentored Clinician Scientist Grant
  • OREF Resident Clinician-Scientist Research Grant
  • Sports Medicine Multicenter Research Grant
  • OREF Etiology of Hip Osteoarthritis Grant in Honor of William H. Harris, MD
  • The OREF Impact of Regulatory Policies on the Patient-Physician Relationship Research Grant in Honor of Sigvard Hansen, MD
  • Resident Research Project Grant RD2

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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 are due February 21, 2023.
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OREF/AANA Foundation Multimodal Musculoskeletal Perioperative Pain Management Research Grant
Funding: $50,000 over one year
Grant Description: Solicits investigator-initiated research proposals focused on the broad area of perioperative musculoskeletal pain management.
Eligibility: OREF/AANA Foundation requires a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in the role of Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI who may be collaborating with a PhD and/or MD 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 February 21, 2023.
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OREF Treatment of Osteoarthritis Research Grant funded by the American Arthritis Society
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, 2022. Investigators whose LOI/proposals are selected to move forward will receive an invitation to complete the application process.
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OREF/MTF Biologics Research Grant
Funding: $100,000 ($50,000 per year for two years)
Grant Description: OREF, in partnership with the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF Biologics), solicits investigator-initiated research proposals focusing on research in the science of biologic—reconstruction, bone regeneration, transplantation—allografts, including stem cells for graft transplantation.
Eligibility: Multidisciplinary research activity is strongly encouraged. An orthopaedic surgeon principal investigator (PI) must be licensed to practice in the U. S. and be working in an institution in the U.S. A PhD may serve as the principal investigator (PI) and must hold a faculty appointment in an orthopaedic department at an institution in the U.S. A letter from the department chair confirming the appointment is required. This letter should be uploaded in the back of the research plan. View the RFA on proposalCentral for complete eligibility requirements
Important Dates: Applications are due February 21, 2023.
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OREF/Goldberg Arthritis Research Grant
Funding: $50,000
Grant Description: Encourages new investigators by providing seed and start-up funding for promising research projects that address issues related to the treatment of arthritis with an emphasis on arthroplasty.
Eligibility: An orthopaedic surgeon principal investigator (PI) who is licensed to practice in and working in an institution in the United States. A PhD may serve as the PI but must hold a faculty appointment in an orthopaedic department at an institution in the United States. A DVM may serve as the PI but must have a primary appointment in an orthopaedic department. The PI must be a new investigator who has not received an R01 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant or its equivalent (e.g., VA, DOD, NSF) in the role of PI. 
Important Dates: Applications are due December 15, 2022.
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OREF/ASES/Rockwood Clinical Shoulder Research Grant
Funding: $50,000
Grant Description: OREF, in partnership with American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) and Dr. Charles Rockwood, encourages new investigators to conduct research in the area of shoulder care.
Eligibility: PI or Co-PI must be an orthopaedic surgeon. PhDs and DVMs are eligible if affiliated with an orthopaedic department. PI/Co-PI must be an ASES member. 
Important Dates: Applications are due December 15, 2022. 
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OREF Resident Research Project Grant - Round 1
Funding: $5,000 (Four grants are available.)
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.

Note: The Resident Research Project Grant is offered two times per year. For 2023 funding, the grant will open in September 2022 and March 2023. Please choose the cycle that most closely aligns with your research rotation. Residents will be allowed to submit one application per year. 
Important Dates: Applications are due December 15, 2022. Important: A Letter of Intent was required to be submitted by October 17, 2022. Investigators whose LOI/proposals were selected to move forward were sent an invitation to complete the application process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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