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The AOFAS is committed to advancing foot and ankle orthopaedic surgery and patient care through research. Learn more about our innovative research programs and helpful resources:

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What is the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Outcomes Research Network (OFAR)?

OFAR is a secure, web-based databank for patient-reported outcomes (PRO) on foot and ankle disorders and treatments. By bringing together patient outcomes from foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons nationwide, OFAR will expand the breadth, quality, and availability of real world foot and ankle data.

What can surgeons do with OFAR?
  • Benchmark their outcomes data against other participating research centers in the United States
  • Measure the effectiveness of foot and ankle treatments
  • Contribute to prospective research to understand the difference among treatments

What can patients do with OFAR?

  • Provide feedback after foot and ankle treatment
  • Help foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons nationwide identify best practices and improve patient care

OFAR is open for enrollment! For more information on how you and your site can get involved, email​

Watch the videos below to learn more about OFAR.

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10/17/2018 12:01 PMChristie Brannon
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​​The AOFAS Board of Directors supports opportunities for AOFAS members to participate in research initiatives that enhance patient care and improve the quality of foot and ankle orthopaedic research. Please review the guidelines below and complete a Collaborative Research Request Application if you would like to utilize AOFAS resources for your research project.
If you have questions, please contact the AOFAS Executive Office by email at​ or by phone at 800-235-4855 or +1-847-698-4654 (outside US).

​​​​​​​​​Collaborative Research Requests

AOFAS members may request to utilize AOFAS resources to execute research-related projects. Completed requests will be evaluated by the appropriate AOFAS committee, with recommendations submitted to the AOFAS Research Council for approval on a quarterly basis. Please review the ​Policies and Guidelines before submitting your request. There is a nonrefundable $100 USD application fee for all research requests.

Guidelines for all request types:
  • Requestors must be AOFAS members. IRB approval is required when applicable.
  • Surveys/projects are limited to those related to orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery/healthcare, and should not include information regarding commercial products.
  • Results should be available to AOFAS members by submitting an abstract for presentation at an AOFAS meeting, and manuscript for publication in Foot & Ankle International or Foot & Ankle Orthopaedics.

Request Types

Membership Survey Project Request
Research proposal designs requesting a survey of AOFAS membership. Each survey accepted for execution will be disseminated to AOFAS members via email notification, which will include a survey link.

Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Outcomes Research Network (OFAR) Research Project Request
Small or large retrospective or prospective projects that intend to use the OFAR research infrastructure/platform as part of study design. Applications must indicate whether additional AOFAS resources are required for the study. Most non-survey studies proposed to this Research Council will fall into this category.

Non-OFAR Collaborative Research Project Request
Large retrospective or prospective studies that are not expected to require the OFAR platform for execution but that are expected to require significant AOFAS resources (personnel time, funding, administrative support, etc).
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AOFAS Research Grants Program

The AOFAS 2018-2019 grant cycle is now closed. Winners will be announced in March 2019 during Specialty Day. We look forward to your applications in the fall of 2019 for the AOFAS 2020 grants cycle.