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Research Grants Program

Since 1997, the AOFAS Research Grants Program has been providing annual grant funding opportunities for members and their fellows in training. Through the 2016 cycle more than $1 million has been awarded for 91 promising foot and ankle research projects. Grants have resulted in innovative insights in foot and ankle care, presentations at AOFAS and other educational meetings, articles in Foot & Ankle International (FAI) and other specialty journals, and large grants from national funding sources.

Applications for the 2017 cycle open October 1, 2016 and the application deadline is Wednesday, January 4, 2017. If you are a new applicant please click the Register button, on the right side of this page to apply. If you would like to edit your existing application, please click the Log in button.

Grant applications are reviewed and ranked by the AOFAS Research Committee using a blinded, NIH-style review process with funding recommendations approved by the AOFAS Board of Directors.

The AOFAS Research Grants Program is supported by the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation with generous contributions from individuals and industry.

2016 Grants Awarded

Pilot Project Research Grants

Do Knee Scooters Contribute to Lower Extremity Venous Stasis?
Christopher W. Reb, DO; Gregory C. Berlet, MD

Development of a Real Time Model of Foot and Ankle Kinematics During Simulated Gait - A Pilot Study
Bryan Smith, MD; Michael S. Pinzur, MD; Robert M. Havey, MS; Muturi G. Muriuki, PhD; Adam P. Schiff, MD

Small Project Research Grants

A Prospective Analysis of Midfoot Function, Ankle Power and Patient Functional Outcomes After Total Ankle Arthroplasty
Frank DiLiberto, PT, PhD; Steven L. Haddad, MD; Anand M. Vora, MD

Evaluation of Local Vancomycin Powder on Osteoblastic Function and Healing in a Rodent Ankle Arthrodesis Model
Jason T. Bariteau, MD; Rishin J. Kadakia, MD; Mara L. Schenker, MD; Nick J. Willet, PhD

Arthroscopic Evaluation of the Ankle Syndesmosis: A Cadaveric Study
Christopher W. DiGiovanni, MD; Bart Lubberts, MD; Bryan G.Vopat, MD; Anne H. Johnson, MD; Daniel Guss, MD, MBA

Established Project Research Grants

Supramalleolar Osteotomy: Mid- to Long-Term Results of 298 Consecutive Patients
Nicola Krähenbühl, MD; Lukas Zwicky, MSc; Liliana Bolliger, MSc; Markus Knupp, MD

In Vitro Assessment of the Role of Mechanical Strain in the Pathogenesis and Reversal of Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy
Mark R. Buckley, PhD; Adolph S. Flemister, Jr., MD; Alayna E. Loiselle, PhD; Michael S. Richards, PhD

Grant Categories

Subject to the levels of philanthropic support, AOFAS Research Grants in the following three categories may be awarded:

Pilot Project Research Grants (up to $5,000)

Starting with the 2015 cycle, the Pilot Project category provides seed funding for new pilot projects. Data from funded Pilot Projects is intended to be used to develop future grant applications. This category is intended to:

  • Encourage new investigators, especially residents and fellows, to participate in research
  • Promote development of new lines of research, and
  • Improve the quality of research grant applications.

Small Project Research Grants (up to $20,000)

Small Project grants are intended to provide start-up funding for promising research projects and to encourage supplemental submissions to national funding sources.

Established Project Research Grants (up to $50,000)

In a pilot phase for the 2016 and 2017 cycles, Established Project grants provide an opportunity 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. To be competitive, applications must be backed by preliminary work, data, publications, and/or abstracts to demonstrate feasibility of projects and capabilities of the research team.

Eligibility

Access to Research Grants is a benefit of AOFAS membership. Either the principal investigator or co-investigator on an application must be an AOFAS member in one of the following membership categories:

  • Active Member
  • Candidate Member
  • International Member
  • Associate Member-Basic Science

Additional eligibility policies include:

  • Investigators, including the principal investigator and co-investigator(s) may not be awarded more than two grants in any four consecutive years.
  • Investigators may submit applications on more than one research topic; however, no more than one grant in each cycle will be awarded to any one institution.
  • Projects based on the same topic or research question may not be submitted in more than one category (Pilot Project, Small Project, and Established Project categories) in any one cycle.
  • Pilot Project grant category eligibility is not limited to AOFAS Resident Members or AOFAS Fellow Members, but applications from a Resident Member or Fellow Member must include a co-investigator from one of the above four AOFAS membership categories (Active, Candidate, International, or Associate Member-Basic Science).
  • Members of the Research Committee and its ad hoc reviewers may not apply for grants in the year in which they review applications.
  • Eligibility for Pilot Project grants is not limited to AOFAS Resident or AOFAS Fellow members; however, applications from Resident or Fellow members must include a co-investigator or principal investigator from one of the above four AOFAS membership categories (Active, Candidate, International, or Associate Member-Basic Science).

Description, Policies and Guidelines

The AOFAS Research Grants Program Description, Policies and Guidelines for Applicants and Institutional Representatives contains complete information about the program, eligibility, grant categories, application requirements, and review process.

Applicants, investigators, and institutional representatives should familiarize themselves with the information in this document.

How to Apply

1. Register

Click on the "Register" link and complete and submit the registration form.

2. Login

Login to the award with your email and password.

3. Create

Create your online Application. The AOFAS Research Grants Program Description, Policies and Guidelines for Applicants and Institutional Representatives provides complete information about the program.

4. Save

During the Call for Applications period, your application can be saved as DRAFT until all the required information is completed and attachments uploaded. As each section is complete, you will see a appear in the category tab when the Nomination is saved. Please ensure that all attachments are in Acrobat PDF format. At any time, you can download and print your application by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section.

5. Submit

On completion, save your Application as FINAL. Download and print a copy of your application for your records by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section in the right column.