Our research 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 grants 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.

Most recent winners:

2020 The Role of Age in Fibroadipogenic Progenitor-Mediated Muscle Degeneration Following Rotator Cuff TearsMichael 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

2019 The Relationship Between ACL Graft Quantitative Imaging Characteristics and Subjective and Functional Outcomes After ACL Reconstruction Drew Lansdown, MD; University of California – San Francisco

2018 Revisiting the Vascularity and Stem Cell Population of the Meniscal Avascular Zone Using 3D Imaging Technique, Jorge Chahla, MD, PhD, Cedars Sinai Medical Center

February 28, 2021: Pre-Review Submission Deadline (required for final application)
June 1, 2021: Final Application Deadline
July 15, 2021: Applicants notified of decision
August 1, 2021: Grant project begins

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

Sandy Kirkley Clinical Outcomes

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.

Most recent winners:
2020 Ready to Return? Functional Performance Testing Following Surgical Intervention for Anterior Shoulder InstabilityDan Ogborn MSc (PT), PHD; Pan Am Clinic

2019 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 

February 28, 2021: Pre-Review Submission Deadline (optional)
June 1, 2021: Final Application Deadline
July 15, 2021: Applicants notified of decision
August 1, 2021: Grant project begins


Sponsored by The Aircast Foundation.
This research grant from $10,000 to $25,000 (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. 

June 10, 2021: Application Deadline
July 10, 2021: Playmaker Grant Lab at Annual Meeting
August 1, 2021: Grant project begins

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.

Most recent winners:
2019 Mechanical Loading Effects in OA Progression Following ACL Reconstruction: Assessment of Synovial Cells Activation, Camila B. Carballo, PT, PhD, Hospital for Special Surgery