OREF and The Aircast Foundation (TAF) Orthopaedic Research Grant

Funding Agency:
Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
  • OREF and the Aircast Foundation (TAF) solicit investigator-initiated research proposals focusing on either pediatric or adult orthopaedic conditions with the goal of improving long-term outcomes and patient independence on more extensive surgical interventions or the reliance on pharmacological and other medical dependencies.
  • Highlighted areas of research focus include the following, although other topics will be considered:
  •      •    Outcomes
         •    Quality (QA)
         •    Implementation
         •    Etiology
  • Clinical relevance of all proposals must be clearly noted in the abstract and specific aims, and be obvious from the title and the study design. All proposed projects are expected to generate results that have a practical application. It is expected that upon completion of the proposed project, the principal investigator will be well poised to pursue NIH/DOD or the equivalent large-scale funding to continue to advance this area of research.


LOI Deadline: June 8, 2021

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Domestic, non-profit, public and private institutions of higher education, such as hospitals, medical schools, universities and colleges.
  • New or established investigators who have demonstrated a sustained interest in this line of research and excellence in their training
  • Orthopaedic surgeons serving as the principal investigator (PI) must be licensed to practice and working in an institution in the United States. PhDs or DVMs working in or holding a primary appointment at an institution/orthopaedic department in the United States may serve as the PI. A letter from the department chair confirming the appointment is required.



Amount Description

Up to $100,000 ($50,000 per year) – 2-year grant

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

June 8, 2021