Research & Policy

Research Grants Program


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

Since 1997, AOFAS has offered grant funding opportunities for AOFAS members and their research teams. These grants provide vital resources to discover new treatments and advance patient care. Hear from past Research Grant recipients in the videos below and view the full list of past awards


MaCalus V. Hogan, MD

Amiethab A. Aiyer, MD

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 are announced in March at AOFAS Specialty Day.


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

  • Allied Health/Associate Member-Basic Science with an AOFAS physician member as primary investigator or co-investigator

Residents and Fellows may be co-investigators on a grant if the applicant team includes an AOFAS Active Member, Candidate Member, International Member, or Allied Health/Associate Member-Basic Science as the principal investigator or project advisor. To determine your eligibility, please see the AOFAS Research Grants Program Policy 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)

Congratulations to the 2018 AOFAS Research Grant Recipients!

Established Project Grant

The neuropathic molecular pathology of diabetic charcot neuroarthropathy: A peptidomic investigation of the synovium 
Zijun Zhang, MD; Lew Schon, MD; Robert Cole, PhD

Small Project Grants

Predicting collagen turnover for achilles tendon repair across diverse loading environments
Christopher Gross, MD; William Richardson, PhD

3D motion analysis of adjacent joint motion after sequential, partial midfoot infusion
Lauren Roberts, MD; Mark Drakos, MD; Daniel Sturnick, MS; Scott Ellis, MD

Applying machine learning algorithms to predict tendon health using ultrasound imaging
Josh Baxter; Kathryn O’Connor, MD, MSPT; Michael Hast, PhD

Pilot Project Grants

Development of best practices guidelines for pain management after elective foot and ankle surgery 
Mary Pedersen, MD; Derek Dillane, PhD; Lauren Beaupre, PhD; Martha Funabashi, PhD

The effect of bone marrow aspirate concentrate with microfracture: A prospective randomized control trial
John Mangan, MD; Rachel Shakked, MD; Joseph Daniel, DO; David Pedowitz, MD; Brian Winters, MD; Steven Raikin, MD

The effectiveness of perioperative parecoxib intravenous administration in the patients with unstable ankle fractures surgery: A prospective, double blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial
Chayanin Angthong, MD