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Grant Opportunities

The AOSSM Research Mission

To enhance value in sports medicine through the development, promotion, and encouragement of cutting-edge research that improves patient care.

AOSSM grant opportunities and application forms are available on Proposal Central. Request for Applications (RFA) and grant guidelines can be accessed for each AOSSM grant opportunity. All applicants must login or create a Proposal Central account to apply for AOSSM grant opportunities.

Generally, applications go through pre-review in February. Final proposals are submitted May through June. Notifications begin in July for projects to begin in August.

AOSSM offers the following to support continued research in orthopaedic sports medicine:

Steven P. Arnoczky Young Investigator Grant

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.


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.

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Sandy Kirkley Clinical Outcomes Research Grant

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.

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Playmaker Grant

Sponsored by The Aircast Foundation

This research grant opportunity aims to advance exploratory projects by providing start-up funding, seed money, bridge/gap funding, or supplemental funding for an ambitious investigative team. Criteria and metrics utilized in the proposed study must be determined by best scientific evidence and designed to improve the understanding of an emerging or novel technology in orthopaedic sports medicine. Studies involving human subjects will receive priority.

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AOSSM-JRF Allograft Research Grant

Applications are Open Now through August 1, 2023

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The AOSSM-JRF Allograft Research Grant awards up to $50,000 to support a basic science or clinical research project to advance insight into meniscal or osteochondral allografts. Applications must describe a basic science or a clinical research project surrounding viable Osteochondral Allograft (OCA) transplantation or meniscus allograft transplantation of the knee. Any investigative team seeking this grant must include at least one member of AOSSM in good standing.

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.

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Return to Play Clinical Research

This grant offers up to $150,000 to support a clinical research project investigating a return to play after musculoskeletal injury.

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