Research Grants Program

AOFAS Research Grants Program
2018 Cycle is open for applications
Deadline: December 1, 2017  

Link to the online application system at:

Application requirements are found within the online application forms and in
 The AOFAS Research Grants Program Description, Policies and Guidelines


 Research Grants Program Information


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.

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. 
Established Project Research Grants - In the 2018 cycle, this category offers one opportunity for a grant up to $60,000. 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 Online System, Instructions & Deadline

Apply for a research grant online at the AOFAS Research Grants application portal. Detailed instructions and information for applicants and institutional representatives can be found in the recently updated research grants program description, policies, and guidelines. The application deadline for the current 2018 Cycle Research Grants and Pilot Project Grants is Friday, December 1, 2017.


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, International Member, or Associate Member-Basic Science. 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 - Pilot Project grant category eligibility is not limited to AOFAS Resident Members or Fellow Members, but applications from Resident or Fellow Members must include an AOFAS Active Member, Candidate Member, International Member, or Associate Member-Basic Science as 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.



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



​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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 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