AOSSM offers the following grants to support research in orthopaedic sports medicine. Click a grant opportunity below to review specific information and requirements. 


The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), under the auspices of its Research Committee, is offering one grant of up to $250,000 to support a clinical, translational or laboratory-based research project investigating post-traumatic osteoarthritis of the major peripheral joints (knee, shoulder, hip, ankle, elbow)


Post-traumatic osteoarthritis represents a significant public health concern and is one of the common denominators to sports injuries affecting all parts of the body, often despite adequate surgical treatment of the initial injury. While extensive research has been funded through AOSSM to improve the short to mid-term outcomes after sports injuries (return to sport, 2- year patient reported outcomes, etc.), the current funding mechanism is specifically designed to support studies that investigate the pathophysiology, prevention, treatment or long-term repercussion of post-traumatic osteoarthritis and the role of biologics in PTOA. The mechanism is not intended to be joint specific, and studies that would have implications for multiple joints or sub-disciplines of sports medicine will be considered favorably.Additionally, collaborative studies that bring clinician-scientists and laboratory scientists together towards a common aim are strongly encouraged.


To begin the application process, please review the guidelines specific to this grant, below. Next, visit our submission center to start your application. Projects aligning with the following research priorities are encouraged:
• Studies that investigate the definition of PTOA: laboratory criteria, radiographic/imaging criteria, clinical criteria, classification or stratification schemes.
• Studies that investigate serological or synovial biomarkers that can predict the occurrence or severity of PTOA.
• Studies that investigate the role of advanced imaging (including but not limited to MRI based assessments of cartilage health such as T1p or T2-mapping) in the diagnosis, prognostication or monitoring of PTOA.
• Studies that investigate the use of artificial intelligence or machine learning for the development of high throughput imaging analysis for PTOA.
• Studies that investigate image-based scoring systems for PTOA.
• Studies that investigate the value of legacy patient reported outcomes (KOOS, IKDC, etc.) in the clinical assessment of PTOA.
• Studies that investigate and/or validate novel PROs for the clinical assessment of PTOA.
• Studies that investigate the role of the meniscus in PTOA, including studies of meniscal substitution(including novel tissue engineered or synthetic options) / meniscal transplantation and their role in preventing or mitigating PTOA.
• Studies that investigate the role of ligamentous injury and/or reconstruction in the prevention/modulation of PTOA.
• Studies that investigate therapeutic interventions after ligamentous injury to prevent / modulate PTOA.
• Studies that establish and/or utilize small or large animal models of PTOA to further our understanding of PTOA pathophysiology, natural history and treatment options.
• Studies that utilize animal models to explore biologics, stem cell therapies or gene therapy for PTOA.
• Studies that utilize a regenerative medicine or tissue engineering approach to PTOA.
• Studies that set the groundwork for extramural funding proposals through the NIH or DOD will be considered favorably
• Studies that involve any of the major peripheral joints (post-instability glenohumeral PTOA, FAI-induced hip PTOA, ankle PTOA from chronic lateral instability are a few examples)

Actively Accepting Proposals:
Submission Center Link
Final Application Deadline: January 31, 2021



Available Application Downloads and Instructions


Biologics & PTOA Research Grant Guidelines
Biosketch Forms

The Steven P. Arnoczky Young Investigator Grants provide one grant of up to $40,000 to support an orthopaedic sports medicine clinical research project for early career Principal Investigators OR one grant of up to $40,000 to support an orthopaedic sports medicine basic science research project for early career Principal Investigators. This grant opportunity aims to train early career surgeons, undertaking orthopaedic sports medicine research, as principal investigators with the assistance of an experienced supervisor and/or investigative team. Ideally, the Young Investigator will perform the primary role in generating the hypothesis, designing the experiment, carrying out the experiment, and interpreting the results. Any investigational team seeking such a grant must include at least one member of AOSSM in good standing.


To begin the application process, please review the guidelines specific to this grant, below. Next, visit our submission center to start your application. Pre-review of the Young Investigator Grant application is REQUIRED to be considered for this grant opportunity. Members of the AOSSM Research Committee will provide written feedback to the investigative team with emphasis on the Specific Aims and Research Strategy of the proposed project. Applicants can modify the project proposal in response to feedback, collect additional or new data (if necessary), and provide responses to feedback in the final application.

Actively Accepting Proposals:
Submission Center Link
Pre-Review Application Deadline: February 28, 2021
Final Application Deadline: June 1, 2021


Available Application Downloads and Instructions


Steven P. Arnoczky Young Investigator Grant Guidelines
Biosketch Forms

The late Dr. Sandy Kirkley was a passionate advocate for well-conducted randomized controlled trials to evaluate the efficacy of interventions in orthopaedic sports medicine. It was her strong contention that the field must "rise to the challenge of designing and implementing clinical trials that provide the same level of evidence in support of treatments as our nonsurgical colleagues demand." It is one of her intellectual legacies, then, that our profession in general and the Society specifically embrace and support outcome research that has the potential to inform evidence-based practice. To honor the memory and spirit of Dr. Kirkley, AOSSM established a $20,000 grant that provides start-up, "seed," or supplemental funding for an outcome research project or pilot study. There are no limitations on previous peer-reviewed funding and any investigative team seeking such a grant must include at least one member of AOSSM in good standing.


To begin the application process, please review the guidelines specific to this grant, below. Next, visit our submission center to start your application. Pre-review of the Sandy Kirkley Clinical Outcome Research Grant application is OPTIONAL but strongly recommended for this grant opportunity. Members of the AOSSM Research Committee will provide written feedback to the investigative team with emphasis on the Specific Aims and Research Strategy of the proposed project. Applicants can modify the project proposal in response to feedback, collect additional or new data (if necessary), and provide responses to feedback in the final application.


Pre-review of the Sandy Kirkley Clinical Outcome Research Grant application is OPTIONAL but strongly recommended for this grant opportunity. Members of the AOSSM Research Committee will provide written feedback to the investigative team with emphasis on the Specific Aims and Research Strategy of the proposed project. Applicants can modify the project proposal in response to feedback, collect additional or new data (if necessary), and provide responses to feedback in the final application.

Actively Accepting Proposals:
Submission Center Link
Pre-Review Application Deadline: February 28, 2021
Final Application Deadline: June 1, 2021



Available Application Downloads and Instructions

Sandy Kirkley Clinical Outcome Research Grant Guidelines
Biosketch Forms


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. There are no limitations on previous peer-reviewed funding and any investigative team seeking such a grant must include at least one member of AOSSM in good standing.

To begin the application process, please review the guidelines specific to this grant, below. Next, visit our submission center to start your application. Projects aligning with the following research priorities are encouraged:

• 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

 

Actively Accepting Proposals:
Submission Center Link
Final Application Deadline: June 1, 2021

Available Application Downloads and Instructions:

Osteoarthritis Research Grant Guidelines
Biosketch Forms


  Please contact Kevin M. Boyer, AOSSM Director of Research at kevin@aossm.org if you need assistance with signing in or questions about using the submission center.
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