Research Grants Program


New $50,000 Established Project Grant Category Opportunity

Application Deadline Extended to January 1, 2016

New Online Application Submission System for the 2016 Grants Cycle


New $50,000 Established Project Grant Category Opportunity

The AOFAS Board of Directors approved piloting a new research grants category for two years beginning with the 2016 cycle. One opportunity for an Established Project Research Grant award of up to $50,000 will be available for an application deemed eligible during the Research Committee's competitive, blinded NIH-style review process.

The new larger grant is intended to support innovative research for basic science, clinical trials and pre-trial work that could be used to obtain additional grants from national funding sources. Applications must be backed by preliminary work and data to demonstrate feasibility of projects and capabilities of the research team.

Application Deadline Extended

For the 2016 cycle only, the application deadline is being extended to:

January 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm Central Time

New Online Application System

Beginning with the current 2016 grants cycle, all applications will be submitted via the new online application system, currently in final stages of development and testing. Please check this space by December 1 for a link to submit your application.

In the meantime, prior cycle 2015 application materials are available here as an application content guideline for applicants:

Use the online system expected to be available here by Dec 1.
All grant categories will share the same online application system. Applicants are advised to provide documentation sommensurate with the level of funding requested.
An e-blast will be sent to AOFAS members when the system opens, so please be sure your AOFAS mailing list preferences are up to date, or check back here after December 1.

Research Grant Program Goals

The AOFAS Research Grant Program overall goals are:

  • To advance foot and ankle investigation by providing seed funding for promising research projects
  • To encourage supplemental submissions to national funding sources.

Pilot Project Gra
nts Category Added in 2015

In 2015, the AOFAS began offering pilot seed grants. With funding up to $5,000, the pilot project grants are intended to encourage young investigators, especially residents and fellows, to get involved in research.

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. No more than 4 pilot 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 - New in the 2016 cycle, to be piloted for 2016 and 2017, is one opportunity for a grant up to $50,000. 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 of applications for Research Grants and Pilot Project Grants will be January 1, 2016 for the 2016 grants cycle. Please check this space for a link to the online application form by mid-November 2015.


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.

Congratulations to the 2015 AOFAS Research Grant Award recipients!   

Thank you to all who submitted 2015 applications! For the 2015 cycle, the AOFAS received 23 Research Grant applications and 4 Pilot Project applications. 2015 grant awards were announced at Specialty Day, Mar 28, 2015.

2015 Pilot Project Research Grant Award

Methodology for the Video Analysis of Surgical Performance in Orthopedic Ankle Surgery

Douglas Beaman, MD

2015 Research Grant Awards

The Effect of Hindfoot Deformity on the Ankle Utilizing a Novel System to Simulate Weight Bearing in a Cadaveric Model

Naven Duggal, MD and Ara Nazarian, PhD

Arthroscopic Talar and Plafond Access for Osteochondral Lesions: The Effect of Limited Ankle Range of Motion on CT-Predicted Accessibility and Arthroscopic Visualization

Craig Chike Akoh, MD, Phinit Phisitkul, MD, and Annunziato Amendola, MD

Differences in Gait After Ankle Arthrodesis and Ankle Arthroplasty When Ascending and Descending Stairs

Constantine Demetracopoulos, MD and Howard Hillstrom,  PhD

Restoration of the Antibacterial Function of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Diabetic Foot Infection

Zijun Zhang, PhD, MD and Lew Schon, MD

Direct Delivery of Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 and Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 Plasmid Genes for Diabetic Fracture Healing in a Rabbit Model

Nathan Nicholson, MD, John Femino, MD, and Alisager Salem, PhD

2014 Research Grant Awards

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 


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


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The Research Grants Program is funded by generous donations from individuals and corporations to the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation.
The 2015 Research Grants Program is funded in part by generous donations to The Foundation from Wright Medical Technology 
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and from Zimmer.

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 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