OREF/SRS/POSNA Transform Practice – Spinal Growth Grant

Funding Agency:
Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
  • OREF/SRS/POSNA solicit investigator-initiated research proposals focused on the development of new research knowledge that will change treatment for growing spine conditions within the next five (5) years. This funding opportunity should be uniquely important to early onset/growing spine research and not readily fundable through another mechanism (NIH, PCORI, AHRQ).
  • Areas of research focus may include: translational or clinical research to preferably include at least pilot human studies. Research should answer important translational or clinical questions to address unmet patient needs. Specific topics may include normative spinal growth, guided growth of the spine, growing spine quality initiatives, new technologies leveraged to improve diagnosis and treatment, or outcomes related to growth, pulmonary function, mortality, and health-related quality of life.
  • Anticipated clinical impact 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 have made a significant contribution to growing spine treatment and will be well-positioned to pursue NIH/DOD or the equivalent large-scale funding to continue to advance the area of research.

LOI Deadline: Dec. 8, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Applications may be submitted by, non-profit, public and private institutions of higher education, such as hospitals, medical schools, universities, and colleges.
  • OREF requires an Orthopaedic or Neurological Surgeon in the role of PI or co-PI who may be collaborating with a PhD in to order foster the application of a full range of expertise, approaches, technologies, and creativity. A PhD may serve as the principal investigator (PI); if an orthopaedic surgeon serves as co-PI. The orthopaedic surgeon must be licensed to practice. A PhD serving as PI or co-PI must hold a faculty appointment.
  • The PI may or may not be a new investigator. However, a new investigator, is classified as an individual who has not received an R01 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant or its equivalent as a PI, will be given special consideration.



Funding Type





Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

December 8, 2019