Research Grants Program

2017 Cycle Grant Awards were announced
on March 18, 2017 at AOFAS Specialty Day in San Diego, CA

Congratulations to the
2017 Research Grant Award Recipients!

Pilot Project Research Grants

Assessment of the prevalence and safety of left foot driving in right foot and ankle surgery patients

Michael D. Johnson, MD; Despina Stavrinos, PhD; Ashish B. Shah, MD; Ibukunoluwa B. Araoye, MS; Parke W. Hudson, BS​

Small Project Research Grants

Regional Epigenetic Responses of a Human Talar Cartilage to Impact Injury: An Investigation into Mechanisms of Post Traumatic Ankle Arthritis

Amiethab A. Aiyer, MD; Chun-Yuh Huang, PhD; Jonathan R.M. Kaplan, MD; Anish R. Kadakia, MD; Spencer Summers, MD; Hayley Ennis, MD​

The Role of the Syndesmosis in Ankle Joint and Tibiofibular Kinematics

MaCalus V. Hogan, MD; Conor I. Murphy, MD; Richard E. Debski, PhD; Volker Musahl, MD

The role of the lateral structures in controlling laxity of the ankle joint and the ability of the Brostrom-Gould reconstruction to restore native joint kinematics: A biomechanical investigation

James D.F. Calder PhD, FRCS; Hadi ElDaou, PhD

Development of a Method to Diagnose Subtle Syndesmosis Instability

Alexej Barg, MD; Charles L. Saltzman, MD

Established Project Research Grants

Defining the Cellular Basis for Poor Muscle Performance in Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy​

Gretchen A. Meyer, PhD; Jeffrey E. Johnson, MD; Sandra E. Klein, MD; Jeremy J. McCormick, MD; David R. Sinacore, PT, PhD

Thank you to all who submitted 2017 cycle applications!

For the 2017 cycle, the AOFAS received a record 36 Research Grant applications: 10 Pilot Project, 21 Small Projects, and 5 Established Projects.

2017 cycle grant awards were announced at Specialty Day in San Diego, CA, March 18, 2017. Letters and funding agreements will be sent to recipients in April, and all applicants will receive a summary of reviewer feedback on their applications.

Information about the AOFAS Research Grants Program 

Research Grant Program Goals

The AOFAS Research Grant Program aims to advance foot and ankle investigation by providing:
  • Seed funding for start-up projects (Pilot projects)
  • Early stage funding for promising projects (Small projects)
  • Funding to encourage supplemental submissions to national funding sources (Established projects

Grant Categories

The AOFAS awards one-year research grants (July 1-June 30) in three categories:
Pilot Project Grants - Competitive grants in amount up to $5,000. Pilot project seed grants are intended to encourage young investigators, especially residents and fellows, to get involved in research. No more than 4 pilot project grants will be awarded in any grant cycle. Grant recipients are expected to use data obtained from the projects to develop future grant applications.

Small Project Research Grants - Competitive grants in amounts up to $20,000 to provide seed funding for promising research projects. This is the core grant category, formerly called simply Research Grants.

Established Project Research Grants - Beginning in the 2016 cycle and ontinuing for a third year in the 2018 cycle will be an Established Project grant award opportunity of up to $60,000 for an application deemed eligible during the Research Committee's competitive, blinded NIH-style review process.
This competitive grant  category is intended to support innovative research for basic science, clinical trial, or pre-trial work that could be used to obtain additional grants from national funding sources. Applications must be backed by preliminary work, data, and/or publications or abstracts to demonstrate feasibility of projects and capabilities of the research team.

Review Process

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.

Application Forms & Instructions

The next deadline for receipt Research Grant Program applications will be December 1, 2017 for the 2018 grants cycle. Please check this space for a link to the online application form by September 1, 2017.

Although subject to change for the 2018 cycle, grants program description and guidelines from the 2017 cycle are provided as general information for prospective applicants: The AOFAS Research Grants Program Description, Policies, and Guidelines for Applicants and Institutional Representatives​.

Watch for more information from AOFAS on a fall webinar with tips for preparing a successful application for prospective grant applicants.​



Eligibility for grant funding is a benefit of membership in AOFAS.
Established Project and Small Project Research Grants - The principal investigator or co-investigator must be an AOFAS Active Member, Candidate Member or International Member. Residents and Fellows may be investigators on a grant. 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.
Pilot Project Grants - Applicants must be an AOFAS Resident Member or Fellow Member, and an AOFAS Active Member, Candidate Member or International Member must serve as either the principal investigator, co-investigator, or project advisor.

Track Record on Research Grants

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. See grant awards 1997-present project titles and investigators.


Please email:
or call the AOFAS Executive Office: 
800-235-4855 or 847-698-4654 (outside the US)


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​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.
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 Thank You

The Research Grants Program is funded by the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation, supported in part by grants from Wright Medical Technology, Inc., and Arthrex, Inc. 

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