The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), under the auspices of its Research Committee, is offering one research grant of up to $50,000 to support a research project related to early osteoarthritis (OA) and/or prevention of OA progression. This grant opportunity reflects the recognition of the importance of osteoarthritis and the preponderance of post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA) within sports medicine and orthopaedics. While basic science or translational projects are preferred for this grant opportunity, innovative study designs integrating clinical patients are eligible. Proposals are not required to relate specifically to sports injuries and should also have broad applicability to OA or PTOA in the general population. Projects involving viscosupplementation are not encouraged.

Research Priorities 

• Projects investigating the pre-osteoarthritic joint
• Projects examining prevention or treatment of PTOA 
• Projects determining the relationship between injury and OA 
• Projects that enhance clinical understanding of articular cartilage response to injury
• Projects investigating OA after ligamentous or meniscal injury, especially basic and translational studies 
• Clinical trials or pilots addressing prevention or treatment of post-joint injury OA
• Projects exploring preventative strategies to diminish the long-term risk of OA following acute injury
• Projects explicitly investigating biological or biomechanical progression of OA following injury


This program provides a one-time, non-renewable, award of $50,000 to be disbursed over a 12-month period.  The start date of the funded project cannot be earlier than August 1, 2019 and should be completed in a 24-month period.  No-cost extensions may be requested.   


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.

We are currently accepting applications!
Final Deadline: April 1, 2019

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