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 2019 cycle, over $1.4 million has been awarded for 111 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 2019-2020 cycle open September 3, 2019 and the application deadline is Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 12:00pm CT. 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.

Congratulations to the 2019 AOFAS Research Grant Recipients!

Pilot Project Research Grants

Blood Flow Restriction Training After Ankle Fracture Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study
Jeannie Huh, MD; Kenneth Nelson, MD; Andrew Contreras, DPT

The Effect of Platelet-Rich Plasma on the Synovial Fluid Biomarkers in Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis of the Ankle
Yoshiharu Shimozono, MD; Eoghan Hurley, MBBCh; Lisa Fortier, DVM, PhD; John Kennedy, MD, FRCS

Randomized Trial of Dilute Betadine Soak and Scrub for Foot and Ankle Surgery
Kamran Hamid, MD, MPH; Connor Wakefield; David Rossi, BS; Alexander Idarraga, BA

Small Project Research Grants

Evaluating Posterior Tibial Tendinopathy's Biochemical Profile as a Means to Improve Early Stage Diagnosis of Adult-Acquired Flatfoot Deformity
J. Benjamin Jackson III, MD; F. Baker Mills IV, MS

Ultrasonography for Diagnosing Medial Sided Ankle Instability: A Cadaveric Study
Damien Richardson, MD, MPH; Brian Fenn; Christopher DiGiovanni, MD; Daniel Guss, MD, MBA; Noortje Hagemeijer, MD; Jirawat Saengsin, MD; Bart Lubberts, MD, PhD; Gregory Waryasz, MD

Nano-FT3C+: An Innovative Liposome-Based Formulation for Thyroid Hormone Controlled Delivery. An In Vitro Study on Tendinopathic Human Achilles Tendon Tenocytes
Nicola Maffulli, MD, FRCS, PhD; Alession D'Addona, MD; Giovanna Della Porta, MS, PhD; Paolo Trucillo, PhD

Established Project Research Grants

Immunoassay for Diagnosis and Tracking Treatment Response in Foot and Ankle Infection
Irvin Oh, MD; Stephanie Hao, BS; John Daiss, 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)

Available again for the 2020 cycle with an increased award cap, 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 the feasibility of projects and capabilities of the research team.


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
  • Allied Health / 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 Allied Health / 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 Allied Health 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.

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