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Dedicated to MSK Research

Our mission is to fund research and that’s what we do—across all orthopaedic subspecialties and topics, in institutions big and small, supporting new and experienced investigators. OREF has been a leader in musculoskeletal (MSK) research funding for 68 years. Our rigorous peer review process ensures we fund only the best science and prepares our grant recipients to compete successfully for NIH and other government and private funding after their OREF grants.

Under the guidance of OREF's Research Grants Committee, and with the input of our donor partners, OREF's research portfolio focus is broad. The chart at right illustrates the variety of topics and subspecialties addressed by OREF-funded investigators over the past five years.

If you're interested in learning more about OREF's current and historical research grant funding, select an option below.

For more information about OREF's grant programs, contact our Grants team by email at or visit our Contact Us page.

OREF five-year funding topic summary

Adult Spine


Foot & Ankle