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 and complete all information as described. Once you have reviewed the guidelines, please 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.

We are not currently accepting grant applications.
The Submission Center for the 2021 grant cycle will open in November 2020.

Available Application Downloads and Instructions

 Sandy Kirkley Clinical Outcome Research Grant Guidelines

 Biosketch Forms

No extensions will be granted, so please plan accordingly. Please contact Kevin M. Boyer, MPH, with any questions.