Our research and grant mission is to enhance value in sports medicine through the development, promotion, and encouragement of cutting-edge research that improves patient care. AOSSM offers the following to support continued research in orthopaedic sports medicine.

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General Deadlines

  • Pre-review February
  • Final proposals May - June
  • Notification July
  • Project begins August

Steven P. Arnoczky Young Investigator

The Steven P. Arnoczky Young Investigator Grant provides a grant of up to $40,000 to support clinical and basic science research for early-career principal investigators (up to $80,000 total). This grant opportunity aims to train early-career surgeons as principal investigators, perform the primary role in generating the hypothesis, design the experiment, carry it out, and interpret the results with the assistance of an experienced supervisor and/or investigative team.



  • Clinical: Utilizing Force Plates for Longitudinal Objective Assessment of Phase-Specific Neuromuscular Function in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Patients: Return to Play Implications, Mark Sommerfeldt, MD, University of Alberta
  • Basic: The Effect of Posterolateral Tibial Plateau Bone Loss on Knee Joint Kinematics and ACL Loading with Simulated Pivot-Shift, David Bernholt, MD, Campbell Clinic


  • The Role of Age in Fibroadipogenic Progenitor-Mediated Muscle Degeneration Following Rotator Cuff Tears, Michael Davies, MD, University of California – San Francisco
  • Comparing Meniscal Repair Biologic Augmentation: Marrow Venting Procedure Versus PRP (MVP Trial), Aravind Athiviraham, MD, University of Chicago


  • The Relationship Between ACL Graft Quantitative Imaging Characteristics and Subjective and Functional Outcomes After ACL Reconstruction, Drew Lansdown, MD, University of California – San Francisco

Eligibility: A Young Investigator is defined as an orthopaedic surgeon who has graduated from an approved residency program or is a resident currently in an approved program. The Principal Investigator must document and perform the primary role in the proposed project and remain associated with the parent institution for the duration of the project period. A Principal Investigator that has received less than $25,000 in funding from organizations external to their parent institution.

Biologics & Post-traumatic Osteoarthritis (PTOA)

Sponsored by RTI Surgical

Post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA) is one of the common denominators to sports injuries affecting all parts of the body, often despite adequate surgical treatment of the initial injury. A grant of up to $250,000 will support clinical, translational, or laboratory-based research investigating PTOA of the major peripheral joints (knee, shoulder, hip, ankle, elbow). Current funding is designed to support studies investigating the pathophysiology, prevention, treatment, or long-term repercussion 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 favorable. Additionally, collaborative studies that bring clinician-scientists and laboratory scientists together towards a common aim are strongly encouraged.



  • Role of Immunologically Induced Senescent Cell Activity on the Progression of Posttraumatic OsteoArthritis (RISC-OA), Austin Stone, MD, University of Kentucky
  • The Role of Age in Fibroadipogenic Progenitor-Mediated Muscle Degeneration Following Rotator Cuff Tears, Michael Davies, MD, University of California – San Francisco
  • Comparing Meniscal Repair Biologic Augmentation: Marrow Venting Procedure Versus PRP (MVP Trial), Aravind Athiviraham, MD, University of Chicago

Sandy Kirkley Clinical Outcome

Dr. Sandy Kirkley was a passionate advocate for well-conducted randomized controlled trials to evaluate the efficacy of orthopaedic sports medicine interventions. 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." To honor the memory and spirit of Dr. Kirkley, a grant of $20,000 provides start-up seed or supplemental funding for an outcome research project or pilot study.



  • Longitudinal Study of Youth Sports Participation: An evaluation of musculoskeletal injury rates, psycho-social development, and general physical health and development. A Pilot Study, Bradley Nelson, MD, University of Minnesota


  • Ready to Return? Functional Performance Testing Following Surgical Intervention for Anterior Shoulder Instability, Dan Ogborn MSc (PT), PHD; Pan Am Clinic


  • Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) for Post-Operative Rehabilitation Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction with Quadriceps Tendon Autograft: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Andrew J. Sheean, MD, San Antonio Military Medical Center


Sponsored by The Aircast Foundation

This research grant of up to $50,000 total aims to help fund ambitious, exploratory, and ground-breaking projects in orthopaedic sports medicine. Criteria and metrics utilized in the proposed study must be determined by the best scientific evidence and designed to improve the understanding of emerging or novel technology in orthopaedic sports medicine. Studies involving human subjects will receive priority.



  • Utilization of a 3D Printed Customized Knee Extender on Patient Outcomes Following ACL Injuries, Nathan Wm. Skelley, MD, Sanford Health
  • Biobanking and High Dimensional Immunoprofiling of Synovium in Patients Undergoing Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction, Jonathan C. Riboh, MD, OrthoCarolina/Atrium Health Musculoskeletal Institute
  • Smartphone-Based Kinematic Analysis for the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Physical Exam, Seth L. Sherman, MD, Stanford University

Osteoarthritis Research Grant

Reflecting the recognition of the importance of osteoarthritis (OA) and the preponderance of post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA), the Osteoarthritis Research Grant provides one grant of up to $50,000 to support a research project related to the early and/or the prevention of OA progression. 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.



  • Delivery of Chondrogenic Genes for Articular Cartilage Repair, Christopher Nagelli, MS, PhD, Mayo Clinic


  • Mechanical Loading Effects in OA Progression Following ACL Reconstruction: Assessment of Synovial Cells Activation, Camila B. Carballo, PT, PhD, Hospital for Special Surgery


Cabaud Memorial

In honor of Henry Edward Cabaud, III, MD, this award recognizes the best full-length manuscript that pertains to hard or soft tissue biology, in-vitro research, laboratory or bench-type research, or in-vivo animal research.

  • Understanding Molecular Pathogenic Pathways in Hip Femoroacetabular Impingement through Transcriptomes and a Small Animal Model
    • Masahiko Haneda, MD, PhD
    • Tomoyuki Kamenaga, MD
    • Robert H. Brophy, MD
    • Regis J. O’Keefe, MD, PhD
    • John C. Clohisy, MD
    • Cecilia Pascual-Garrido, MD, PhD

Excellence in Research

Recognizing manuscripts of various categories with a primary author 40 and under at the time of the Annual Meeting. Members selected will receive $2,000 honorarium and consideration of publication in an AOSSM publication.

  • Muscle-Derived Beige Adipose Precursors Secrete Promyogenic Exosomes that Treat Rotator Cuff Muscle Degeneration in Mice and are Identified in Humans by Single-Cell RNA Sequencing, 
    • Michael R. Davies MD
    • Xuhui Liu, MD
    • Steven Garcia, MD
    • Mengyao Liu, BA
    • Hannah Chi, MS
    • Hubert T. Kim, MD, PhD
    • Robert L. Raffai, PhD
    • Brian T. Feeley, MD

Bart Mann for the Advancement of Sports Medicine Research

In honor of AOSSM's first director of research Bart Mann, this award recognizes members serving as grant application reviewers for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award aims to support service to the profession, enhance professional development, and provide valuable clinical perspective and expertise to NIH study sections. Members selected by NIH to participate on a study section will receive $5000 award, for first-time reviewers only, and recognition in an AOSSM publication.

  • Morgan H. Jones, MD
  • Rachel M. Frank, MD
  • Frank A. Petrigliano, MD
  • Brian T. Feeley, MD
  • Robert A. Magnussen, MD

O'Donoghue Sports Injury Research

In honor of Don H. O'Donoghue, MD, this award recognizes clinical-based research or human in-vivo research.

  • Early Use of Blood Flow Restriction Training with Low-Intensity Exercises following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Improves Quadriceps Strength and Post-Operative Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial
    • Andrew J. Curley, MD
    • Alexandra M. Galel, BS
    • Caroline M. Fryar, MD
    • Jennifer N. Lewis, MS
    • David X. Wang, MD
    • Nathan P. Fackler, MS
    • Edward S. Chang, MD

STOP Sports Injuries

Recognizing outstanding research presented at the Annual Meeting related to youth sports injury prevention, treatment, or rehabilitation.

  • The Effect of Single Sport Specialization in Youth Sports: A Prospective Cohort Study, Donghoon Lee, BS