Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs -- Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program -- Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Award

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The FY17 OPORP Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Award (OPORA) challenges the scientific community to address which orthotic and prosthetic devices generate the best patient outcomes. Outcomes focused research is used to support evidence-based practice which guides providers in the optimization of care to Service members and Veterans with limb loss and/or limb impairment. It is expected that any research findings will also provide benefit to the general population. Applications involving multidisciplinary collaborations among academia, industry, the military Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other Federal Government agencies are highly encouraged. 

The FY17 OPORP OPORA is intended to support research that evaluates the comparative effectiveness of orthotic and prosthetic devices using patient-centric outcomes for Service members and Veterans who have undergone limb amputation. 

The FY17 OPORP OPORA is focused on outcomes-based best practices through analysis of the merits of prosthetic and orthotic device options currently available, not on the development of new, or the improvement of existing, technology. The intent of the award is to generate clinically useful evidence that will enhance and optimize patient outcomes.


• Pre-Application Deadline: October 20, 2017
• Application Submission Deadline: January 8, 2018

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Areas of Interest

All applications must address at least one of the following FY17 OPORP Focus Areas. Selection of the appropriate primary Focus Area is the responsibility of the applicant. Studies that propose development of new technology or improvement of existing technology are not allowed according to congressional intent.

  • Orthotic or Prosthetic Device Form: Analysis of variables related to currently available clinical options such as, but not limited to, device size, shape, material, and configuration.
  • Orthotic or Prosthetic Device Fit: Analysis of currently available clinical options that facilitate device fit-related characteristics such as comfort and usability through variables such as human-device interface and component connection.
  • Orthotic or Prosthetic Device Function: Analysis of the variables related to currently available clinical options such as device control, passive response, active/actuated response, power, sensors, overall performance with respect to activities of daily living and other realworld activities. 

Eligibility Requirements

Although a PI may be eligible for more than one research level category, only one category may be chosen; the choice of application category is at the discretion of the PI given their eligibility. 

Funding Level 1/New Investigator Applications

○ PIs are eligible for this award if, at the time of pre-application submission, they: 

  • Are within 5 years of their last training position; 
  • Are able to demonstrate the freedom to pursue research goals outside of a formal mentorship program or arrangement; 
  • Can provide evidence of organizational support, such as start-up funds provided by the institution and/or use of a technician, space, facilities, and resources; 

○ PIs working within a laboratory team are eligible to apply for this award provided they meet the criteria above. 

○ Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and other formally mentored researchers are not eligible for this award. 

Funding Level 2 Applications:

○ Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent) are eligible to submit applications. 



Amount Description

The anticipated total costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY17 OPORP OPORA Funding Level 1/New Investigator will not exceed $500,000. The anticipated total costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY17 OPORP OPORA Funding Level 2 will not exceed $2.5M. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information. 

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

October 20, 2017