Early Career Research Grant

The O&P Foundation's Early Career Research Grant Program supports clinically-relevant, investigator-initiated research in orthotics and prosthetics (O&P). The Early Career Research Grant is a one-year award in the amount of $30,000. This award is intended to help early career investigators initiate lines of research that will be competitive for larger funding opportunities through funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), or the Department of Defense (DOD).

The Early Career Grant is awarded annually, and awards are based on the scientific merit of the proposed research project.

Eligibility Requirements


Early Career Research Grant applications will be reviewed and scored by scientific and/or clinical experts selected by the O&P Foundation's Research Committee. Review is based on criteria in three main areas: (1) Relevance of the research topic; (2) Merit of the research design; and (3) Appropriateness of the personnel and environment. The O&P Foundation Review outlines the scoring criteria.

How to Apply 

Create an account in The O&P Foundation Application Portal, then select theEarly Career Research Grantprogram application and follow portal instructions.


Award Cycle Information

The following are key dates and deadlines for The O&P Foundation's Early Career Award Program.  Application materials must be received by 5:00pm Central Time on the posted deadline. Applicants are responsible for ensuring all materials are received by the O&P Foundation by the dates listed below. 


If you have any questions about the Early Career Research Grant Award, please email info@oandpfoundation.org or email The O&P Foundation Research Chair directly at research@oandpfoundation.org