Sandy Kirkley Clinical Outcome Research Grant


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