Research Grants Program

Congratulations to the 2014 Grant Recipients! 

Ankle Arthroscopic Simulation Decreases Surgical Error and Improves Basic Arthroscopic Skills of Residents in Training

Kevin Martin, DO; Phinit Phisitkul, MD; John Femino, MD; and Annunziato Amendola, MD 

Enhancement of Achilles Tendon Repair via Peripheral Blood Mobilization and Chemokine-Directed Migration of Native Marrow-Derived Stem Cells

Kevin Baker, PhD and Paul Fortin, MD 

Prospective Comparison of the NIH PROMIS Physical Function, Lower Extremity, and Pain --  Interference CATs Against the Foot and Ankle Outcome Score and SF-12 for Patients with Common Foot and Ankle Conditions

Stephen Greenfield, MD; Scott Ellis, MD; Hong Do, MS; and Jayme Burket, PhD

In-vivo Arthrokinematics and Kinetics in the Normal and Chronically Unstable Ankle 

 Charles Saltzman, MD and Andrew Anderson, PhD 

Deadline for 2015 Research Grant Applications is 
December 1, 2014 

The AOFAS awards one-year research grants (July 1 - June 30) in amounts up to $20,000.  The goals of the Research Grants Program are:
  • to advance foot and ankle investigation by providing seed funding for promising research projects
  • to encourage supplemental submissions to national funding sources.  
Applications are reviewed and ranked by the Research Committee on a competitive basis using a blinded NIH-style process. Funding recommendations are submitted to the AOFAS Board of Directors, which approves funding based on monies available without identification of project titles or names of investigators.
Grants awarded by the AOFAS have resulted in innovative insights in foot and ankle care, presentations at AOFAS and other educational meetings, published articles in Foot & Ankle International and other specialty journals, and larger grants from national sources.
2015 Research Grant Application Instructions
2015 Research Grant Application Form


Eligibility for grant funding is a benefit of membership in AOFAS, and the principal investigator or co-investigator must be an AOFAS Active Member, Candidate Member or International Member.
The principal investigators or co-investigators will not be awarded more than two grants in any four consecutive years. Research Committee members and its ad hoc reviewers may not submit applications in the year they are reviewing applications.


Please e-mail the AOFAS Office or call 847-698-4654.


​Ongoing research is vital to the future of medicine and orthopaedic surgery is no exception. Just think of the impact more research could have on the future of foot and ankle orthopaedics.
Play a vital role by donating to the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation today. 



 Foundation funded

The Research Grants Program is funded by generous donations from individuals and corporations to the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation.
The 2014 Research Grants Program has been funded in part by a generous donation to the Foundation from Wright Medical Technology. 
Questions?   Please contact the AOFAS Executive Office at or 800-235-4855
 or 847-698-4654 (outside US).

 Grants History


Since 1997, the AOFAS has been providing grant funding opportunities for members and their fellows in training.

Research Grants 1997-Present

Look at the presentations, publications, and subsequent funding grant recipients have accomplished as a result of their AOFAS grant.

Research Grants 17 Year Review: 1997-2014