Research Grants Program

AOFAS Research Grants Program
The call for 2018 Grant Applications has closed.

Look for announcements regarding awarded grants at AOFAS Specialty Day in New Orleans. Email notification of application status will be sent to applicants shortly after the announcement. 

The AOFAS annual grant cycle opens in the fall. Please review the policies and guidelines if you are considering applying in 2019. Now is a great time to start planning your research proposal to be prepared when the 2019 cycle opens.


 Research Grants Program Information


Grant Categories

The AOFAS awards one-year research grants (July 1-June 30) in three categories:

Pilot Project Grants (up to $5,000)
Grant recipients are expected to use data obtained from the projects to develop future grant applications. No more than four pilot grants will be awarded in any grant cycle.

Small Project Research Grants (up to $20,000)
The core grant category, providing seed funding for promising research projects.

Established Project Research Grants (up to $60,000)
Offering one opportunity in the 2018 cycle, this competitive grant category is intended to support innovative research for basic science, a 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. Any committee member or reviewer, including the Board liaisons, with any real or perceived conflict of interest with respect to a grant application is recused from deliberations and scoring of the application. 

Grant recipients will be announced on March 10, 2018, at AOFAS Specialty Day.

Submission Instructions

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 AOFAS Research Grants Program Description, Policies, and Guidelines



Eligibility for grant funding is a benefit of membership in AOFAS; therefore, the principal investigator or co-investigator must be an AOFAS member in one of the following membership categories:
  • ​Active Member
  • Candidate Member
  • International Member
  • Associate Member-Basic Science
Residents and Fellows may be co-investigators on a grant if the applicant team includes an AOFAS Active Member, Candidate Member, International Member, or Associate Member-Basic Science as the principal investigator or project advisor. To determine your eligibility, please see The AOFAS Research Grants Program Description, Policies, and Guidelines. Research Committee members and application reviewers may not submit applications.



Please contact the AOFAS Executive Office by email at​ or by phone at 800-235-4855 or +1-847-698-4654 (outside US)


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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