Research Grants Program

AOFAS Research Grants Program

The AOFAS 2018-2019 grant cycle is now closed. Winners will be announced in March 2019 during Specialty Day. We look forward to your applications in the fall of 2019 for the AOFAS 2020 grants cycle. 


 Research Grant Recipients


​​Congratulations to the 2018 AOFAS Research Grant Recipients!

Established Project Grant

The neuropathic molecular pathology of diabetic charcot neuroarthropathy: A peptidomic investigation of the synovium 
Zijun Zhang, MD; Lew Schon, MD; Robert Cole, PhD 

Small Project Grants 

Predicting collagen turnover for achilles tendon repair across diverse loading environments 
Christopher Gross, MD; William Richardson, PhD 

3D motion analysis of adjacent joint motion after sequential, partial midfoot infusion 
Lauren Roberts, MD; Mark Drakos, MD; Daniel Sturnick, MS; Scott Ellis, MD 

Applying machine learning algorithms to predict tendon health using ultrasound imaging 
Josh Baxter; Kathryn O’Connor, MD, MSPT; Michael Hast, PhD 

Pilot Project Grants

Development of best practices guidelines for pain management after elective foot and ankle surgery 
Mary Pedersen, MD; Derek Dillane, PhD; Lauren Beaupre, PhD; Martha Funabashi, PhD 

The effect of bone marrow aspirate concentrate with microfracture: A prospective randomized control trial 
John Mangan, MD; Rachel Shakked, MD; Joseph Daniel, DO; David Pedowitz, MD; Brian Winters, MD; Steven Raikin, MD 

The effectiveness of perioperative parecoxib intravenous administration in the patients with unstable ankle fractures surgery: A prospective, double blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial 
nin Angthong, MD


 Research Grants Program Information


Grant Categories

The AOFAS awards one-year research grants (July 1-June 30) in three categories:

Pilot Project Grants (up to $5,000)
Grant recipients are expected to use data obtained from the projects to develop future grant applications. No more than four pilot grants will be awarded in any grant cycle.

Small Project Research Grants (up to $20,000)
The core grant category, providing seed funding for promising research projects.

Established Project Research Grants (up to $60,000)
Offering one opportunity in the 2018 cycle, this competitive grant category is intended to support innovative research for basic science, a clinical trial, or pre-trial work that could be used to obtain additional grants from national funding sources. Applications must be backed by preliminary work, data, and/or publications or abstracts to demonstrate feasibility of projects and capabilities of the research team.

Review Process

Applications are reviewed and ranked by the Research Committee on a competitive basis using a blinded NIH-style process. Any committee member or reviewer, including the Board liaisons, with any real or perceived conflict of interest with respect to a grant application is recused from deliberations and scoring of the application. 

Grant recipients will be announced March 2019 at AOFAS Specialty Day.


Eligibility for grant funding is a benefit of membership in AOFAS; therefore, the principal investigator or co-investigator must be an AOFAS member in one of the following membership categories:
  • ​Active Member
  • Candidate Member
  • International Member
  • Allied Health/Associate Member – Basic Sciences ​with an AOFAS physician member as primary investigator or co-investigator  ​
Residents and Fellows may be co-investigators on a grant if the applicant team includes an AOFAS Active Member, Candidate Member, International Member, or Allied Health/Associate Member – Basic Sciences as the principal investigator or project advisor. To determine your eligibility, please see The AOFAS Research Grants Program Description, Policies, and Guidelines​​​. Research Committee members and application reviewers may not submit applications.



Please contact the AOFAS Executive Office by email at​ or by phone at 800-235-4855 or +1-847-698-4654 (outside US)


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 Grants History


Since 1997, the AOFAS has been providing grant funding opportunities for members and their fellows in training.

Research Grants 1997-Present