Research Grants

Funding Agency:
Osteosynthesis and Trauma Care Foundation

Every year, we allocate Research Grants. Members of the OTCF and orthopedic trauma surgeons around the globe can submit an application which will then be carefully reviewed by the OTCF ReCo. The program targets senior researchers who are eligible to research grants of up to USD 50,000. The evaluation and selection process for grants is based upon strict scientific principles and committee rules in accordance with Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) criteria. 

Candidates and institutions may receive only one OTC Grant in each year.  Interested applicants from within Duke should contact as early as possible.

Deadline: April 15, 2024

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

The main topic for 2024 grant proposals is Fracture-Related Infection. The subject areas in which proposals are invited include:

  • Diagnostics; including pre-, intra-, and post-operative methodologies
  • Therapeutics strategies; including optimization of host factors, biomaterials, coatings, phages, local antimicrobial therapies, and alternative approaches such as vaccines
  • Data sets; including big data, omics, and high dimensional data collection for clinical outcomes; and pre-clinical model database for basic research on infection
  • Classification system
  • Clinical trials or registries feasible to study FRIs

Eligibility Requirements

- A trauma or orthopedic surgeon must serve as either the principal or coprincipal investigator. Non-trauma/orthopedic surgeon, M.D.’s, Ph.D.’s or D.V.M.'s may serve as the principal or co-principal investigator, as long as they are affiliated with a trauma/orthopedic department with an orthopedic surgeon as the co-principal investigator.

- The principal investigator and co-principal investigator as well as their institutions are not eligible to apply for funding as long as a previous grant has not been completed and the final report submitted.

- Candidates and institutions may receive only one OTC Grant in each year. 



Funding Type





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

External Deadline

April 15, 2024