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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 Grant and Research Awards Cycle (2024-2025)

Grant Name
# of Grants
Award Amount
Call for Submissions
Submission Deadline

Submission Review

Announcements
Young Investigator
1 Basic
1 Clinical
$40,000
$40,000

Pre-Proposals: February

May 15
June
Pre-review done in July; Full Submissions Invited
Full Proposals: July
September 1
October
November
Kirkley Clinical Outcomes
1
$20,000
March
July 31
September
October
JRF Ortho Allograft Grant
1
$50,000
March
August 15
September
November
Playmaker Grant Lab
1-2
$25,000 each
Letters of Intent: March
May 15
July (At Annual Meeting)
July (At Annual Meeting)
Cabaud Memorial Award
1
$5,000
Abstracts: July (with Annual Meeting Abstract Submission)
September 5
October
Pre-review done in October and finalists selected
Full Manuscripts: November
January 1
January
March
O’Donoghue Sports Injury Award
1

$5,000

Abstracts: July (with Annual Meeting Abstract Submission)
September 5
October
Pre-review done in October and finalists selected
Full Manuscripts: November
January 1
January
March
Excellence in Research Award
1
$2,000
Abstracts: July (with Annual Meeting Abstract Submission)
September 5
October

Pre-review done in October and finalists selected

Full Manuscripts: November
January 1
January
March

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

Return to Play Clinical Research


AOSSM in coordination with and generous support from Arthrex, The Aircast Foundation, The Forum, and J. R. Gladden Sports Medicine, is offering one grant of up to $200,000 to support a clinical research project investigating return to play after musculoskeletal injury. Studies investigating clinical outcomes related to accelerated return to play utilizing innovative technology and techniques are strongly encouraged and will be a factor in the review process.

See Past Grant Recipients

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.

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.

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Sandy Kirkley Clinical Outcomes Research Grant

Now accepting proposals through July 31, 2024

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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.

See Past Recipients

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.

See Past Recipients

See Additional Application Requirements

AOSSM-JRF Ortho Allograft Grant

Applications Open Now through August 15, 2024

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In coordination with and support from JRF Ortho, AOSSM is offering one grant of 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. Criteria and metrics utilized in the study must be determined by best scientific evidence or best demonstrated practices and designed to improve the understanding of, and research evidence regarding, OCA or meniscus allograft transplantation. Proposals with translational or advancement of clinical care will be reviewed favorably.

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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