Basic Science Research Grants

Funding Agency:
American Society for Surgery of the Hand

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand  (AFSH) have established grant funding to encourage investigators to perform basic science research studies.  Our goal is to enable investigators to initiate pilot projects that will lead to subsequent funding from other sources such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The AFSH is committed to excellence in basic science research while maintaining the highest academic integrity and fiscal responsibility.  

These grants function similarly to the NIH Small Grant Program (R03). The R03 grant mechanism is intended to encourage exploratory/developmental research that can be completed in a short amount of time with limited resources. These projects include, but are not limited to, pilot studies, self-contained research studies, or development of research methodology or technology.  Preliminary data are not required but may be included.

Deadline for Letter of Intent: Feb. 1, 2021

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Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for the grant, at least one of the investigators must be a member of the ASSH. In the past, funding has been provided for a range of subjects, including microvascular, tendons, nerves, artificial joints, tissue engineering, biomechanics, rehabilitation, and other related subjects. The grants are for one year, and are limited to a maximum of $20,000.

Only one basic science and one clinical research grant may be funded per institution per calendar year. 



Amount Description

  • $20,000 award (direct costs only) for a one-year grant.
  • $15,000 is awarded at the start of the grant and final $5,000 is disbursed after the six-month progress report has been reviewed and approved by the Research Management Committee.

Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science

External Deadline

February 1, 2021