Skip To The Main Content
Digital microscope page banner

Research-Specific Grants

To access a schedule of all funding opportunities, please click here.  Please note that dates are subject to change and the website will be updated accordingly.

OREF and Orthopaedic Trauma Association Trauma Research Grant

Up to $200,000 over a two-year grant period ($100,00 per year)
  • OREF, in partnership with the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), encourages investigator-initiated research proposals focusing on Orthopaedic Trauma. For a list of suggested trauma topics, please view the application on proposalCENTRAL
  • Highlighted areas of research focus include the following:
    • o Registries to identify variable in cost and outcomes after treatment of common fractures and to determine factors that re predictive of function and health-related quality of life. 
      o  Infection prevention after fracture fixation using local and systemic therapies (i.e. skin preparation agents, antibiotics and wound management modalities).
      o Multi-disciplinary team approach to improve outcomes in fracture care, including hip fractures and major extremity trauma
  • 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 the area of research.
  • Applications may be submitted by domestic, non-profit, public and private institutions of higher education, such as hospitals, medical schools, universities, and colleges.
  • An orthopaedic surgeon principal investigator (PI) must be licensed to practice in the United States and working in an institution in the U.S. or Canada. PhDs or DVMs working in or holding a primary appointment at an institution/orthopaedic department in the U.S. or Canada may serve as the PI.  A letter from the department chair confirming the appointment is also required.
  • The orthopaedic surgeon must provide a statement on time to be allocated to the project indicating percent of average time allocated and how time will be spent.
  • Either the PI or Co-PI must be a member in good standing of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA). 
  • Applicants are limited to one submission to OREF per cycle regardless of category.  The same project may not be submitted in multiple categories, even if the PI is different. The principal investigator may receive only one OREF grant of each type during his/her lifetime.
  • NOTE: Letters of Intent—The first step in applying for this grant is to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). To access the LOI submission instructions, click the button below and log in to proposalCENTRAL. If you do not have pC login credentials, click on the create an account link to setup your credentials. Next, click the Apply Now button (top-right) for the grant you wish to submit. The full RFA and LOI instructions can be found as downloadable documents in step 2, "download templates and instructions." 
  • All properly submitted LOIs will be reviewed by the Research Grants Committee. If your LOI is selected to advance, you will be invited to complete a full proposal. LOIs are due January 17, 2019 by 10:59 p.m. CDT.
  • Deadlines:
    Letter of Intent Due:  January 17, 2019
    Notification to Applicants:  February 18, 2019
    Application Deadline: March 22, 2019
To find out when this opportunity will be available, please click here. Please note that dates are subject to change and the website will be updated accordingly.

The LOI Deadline has passed. To find out when this opportunity will be available, please click the link above.
Jan 17, 2019, 10:59 PM

Have a question for the OREF Grants team?
Submit a question here or email us at