About Us & Our Community

The O&P Foundation is the only national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to funding O&P education and research. The organization was established to advance the art and science of orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) rehabilitation by enhancing clinical practices through professional training awards, promoting educational opportunities through academic scholarships, strengthening the body of knowledge through research grants and fellowships, and inspiring excellence through the recognition of scholarly achievements. 

The O&P Foundation was formed in 2022 when the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) merged with the Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Learning and Outcomes/Evidence-Based Practice (COPL). The OPERF and COPL Boards of Directors envisioned that a unified foundation would consolidate resources, reduce redundancies, increase funding opportunities, and advance the field of orthotics and prosthetics. 

To learn more about the history of the organization, listen to the 2023 AAOP Research Insights Podcast  


Affiliates are organizations that hold restricted O&P Foundation Board of Director seats and provide in kind and/or financial support to The O&P Foundation. 


Partners are organizations that collaborate with The O&P Foundation to offer education and/or research funding opportunities for the O&P community.