OREF and TAF Innovative and Accelerated Protocols For Rehabilitation of Orthopedic Injuries Research Grant

Funding Agency:
Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
  • The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and The Aircast Foundation (TAF) solicit investigator-initiated research proposals focused on Innovative and accelerated protocols for rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries.
  • OREF strongly encourages the submission of well-crafted basic, translational and clinical studies.
  • Clinical relevance must be clearly noted in the abstract and specific aims and be obvious from the title and the study design.All proposed projects are should 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 the area of research.


Deadline for Letters of Intent: Nov. 13, 2017

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Applications may be submitted by domestic and Canadian, non-profit, public and private institutions of higher education, such as hospitals, medical schools, universities, and colleges.
  • The principal investigator (PI) must be an orthopaedic surgeon or a full-time researcher (e.g., PhD, DVM, DO).  The orthopaedic surgeon must be licensed to practice in and work in an institution in the the United States.
  • A PhD serving as PI or co-PI must hold a primary or secondary faculty appointment in an orthopaedic department. A letter from the department chair confirming this appointment is required and must be uploaded in the appendix section.
  • The orthopaedic surgeon must provide a statement on time to be allocated to the project indicating percent of average time allocated and how time will be spent.
  • The PI must be a new investigator.  A new investigator is classified as an individual who has not received an R01 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant or its equivalent (e.g., VA, DOD, NSF) as a PI.
  • Applicants are limited to one submission as PI or co-PI to OREF per cycle regardless of the category. The same project may not be submitted in multiple categories, even if the PI is different. The principal investigator may receive only one OREF grant of each type during his/her lifetime.



Amount Description

$50,000 over a one-year grant period

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

November 13, 2017