The Ronald and Wendy Smith Clinical Research Grant provides funding for promising prospective studies in areas of high clinical importance in orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery. Studies are expected to generate results that have practical application.
Potential areas of focus include:
Clinical studies to identify variation in cost or outcomes after foot and/or ankle surgery that may determine factors that are predictive of function and health-related quality of life
Complication prevention after foot and/or ankle surgery using local or systemic therapies
Multidisciplinary team approach to improve outcomes in foot and/or ankle surgery
It is expected that completed projects will be submitted for presentation at the AOFAS Annual Meeting and for publication in Foot & Ankle International. Upon completion of the proposed project, it is expected that the principal investigator will be
well-poised to pursue NIH/DOD/OREF or the equivalent large-scale funding to continue to advance the area of research.
Projects should be budgeted for up to $25,000. This award may be renewable for a second year, but not guaranteed (maximum of $50,000 over two years).
Access to this research grant is a benefit of AOFAS membership. Either the principal investigator or co-investigator on an application must be an AOFAS member in good standing in one of the following membership categories:
Orthopaedic Fellows who will be eligible to be AOFAS Candidate Members at the time of grant commencement may also apply.
Submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) using the provided template to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are no longer accepting applications for 2021.
All properly submitted LOIs will be reviewed by the AOFAS Research Committee. If your LOI is selected to advance, you will be invited to complete a full proposal.
Please note: The full proposal will ultimately require the principal investigator or co-investigators to provide a statement on their time to be allocated to the project indicating a percent of average time allocated and how time
will be spent.
June 1: Letters of Intent due to email@example.com
August 2: Complete grant proposals due
November 1: Grant funding commences
Please contact the AOFAS Executive Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 800-235-4855 or +1-847-698-4654 (outside US)