Special Notice: The funding for this program is currently
on hold due to COVID19

Updated April 3, 2020


The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), under the auspices of its Research Committee, and in coordination with and support from JRF Ortho, is offering one grant of up to $50,000 to support a basic science research project investigating fundamental biological or biomechanical functions of meniscal or osteochondral allografts. 

Applications must describe a basic science study that aims to improve scientific knowledge or clinical decision making regarding viable osteochondral cartilage allograft (OCA) transplantation of the knee or meniscus allograft transplantation. Criteria and metrics utilized in the study must be determined by best scientific evidence and designed to improve the understanding of, and research evidence regarding, OCA or meniscus allograft transplantation. Proposals with translational aspects will be reviewed favorably.

Research Priorities

• Projects designed to address the clinical challenges of OCA or meniscus transplantation
Projects resulting in improvement in OCA or meniscus availability through better allograft size matching 
• Projects that utilize contemporary technologies that enable cost-effective decision-making surrounding OCA and meniscus allograft transplantation (e.g. tissue engineering, cell-based technologies)
• Biological enhancement of allograft transplantation
• Objective assessment of allograft biology and the effect on articular cartilage biochemistry
• Simplification of surgical techniques and biomechanical validation of meniscal transplantation


This program provides a one-time award of $50,000 to be disbursed over a 12 to 24-month period.  The start date of the funded project will be no earlier than August 1, 2019 and should be completed in a 18 to 24-month period.  No-cost extensions may be requested. Non-transplantable allograft tissue required for the study will be made available by JRF Ortho at no cost.


Any investigative team seeking such a grant must include at least one member of AOSSM in good standing. No AOSSM Board officer (e.g., President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, etc.) may be a named investigator on any application. There is no requirement for Principal Investigators to have obtained peer-reviewed funding.

Available Application Downloads and Instructions

 Grant Guidelines
 Biosketch Forms

No extensions will be granted so please plan accordingly. Please contact Kevin M. Boyer, MPH, with any questions.

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