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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.

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OREF and The Aircast Foundation (TAF) Orthopaedic Research Grant

$100,000 ($50,000 per year over a two-year grant period
  • OREF and the Aircast Foundation (TAF) solicit investigator-initiated research proposals focusing on either pediatric or adult orthopaedic conditions with the goal of improving long-term outcomes and patient independence on more extensive surgical interventions or the reliance on pharmacological and other medical dependencies.

  • Highlighted areas of research focus include the following, although other topics will be considered:
    • Outcomes
    • Quality (QA)
    • Implementation
    • Etiology
  • Clinical relevance of all proposals must be clearly noted in the abstract and specific aims, and be obvious from the title and the study design. All proposed projects are expected to generate results that have a practical application. It is expected that upon completion of the proposed project, the principal investigator will be well poised to pursue NIH/DOD or the equivalent large-scale funding to continue to advance this area of research.
  • Domestic, non-profit, public and private institutions of higher education, such as hospitals, medical schools, universities and colleges.

  • New or established investigators who have demonstrated a sustained interest in this line of research and excellence in their training

  • Orthopaedic surgeons serving as the principal investigator (PI) must be licensed to practice and working in an institution in the United States. PhDs or DVMs working in or holding a primary appointment at an institution/orthopaedic department in the United States may serve as the PI.A letter from the department chair confirming the appointment is required.

Letters of Intent (LOI) – The first step in applying for this grant is to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), following the instructions provided on proposalCENTRAL. All properly submitted LOIs will be reviewed by OREF. If your LOI is selected to advance, you will be invited to submit a full proposal. LOIs are due October 16, 2019 by 10:59 p.m. CDT through proposalCENTRAL. Applicants invited to submit full proposals will be notified on November 13, 2019.

To Access the LOI instructions, you will need a proposalCENTRAL account.  If you don’t already have one, go to proposalCENTRAl by clicking the button below, then click the “create an Account” link, which is located in the top right corner of the page. 

  Submit LOI on proposal Central
LOI Deadline: October 16, 2019
Oct 16, 2019, 10:59 PM

Have a question for the OREF Grants team?
Submit a question here or email us at grants@oref.org.