Kathryn Cramer Early Career Research Development Award

Funding in support of orthopedic trauma surgeons within five years of completion of their fellowship who have demonstrated commitment and early success in their work environment

Application opens Fall 2024.

Prerequisites & eligibility

The principal investigator (PI) must be an orthopedic trauma surgeon in the United States or Canada within five years of orthopedic trauma fellowship completion, unless military service obligations have delayed the start of academic practice.

The applicant may develop his/her own project or work on a discrete component of an established investigator’s larger research endeavor.

Applicants are limited to one submission per individual each year. The applicant must be a current member of AO Trauma.

Funding & deliverables

Maximum funding per award is $35,000. 

The objective of this award is to provide start-up funding to orthopedic trauma surgeons within 5 years of completion of their orthopedic trauma fellowship (unless a military service obligation delayed the start of academic practice) who have demonstrated commitment and early success in their work environment. The funding will support feasible research that could be completed within the 2-years award and could be part of a larger body of work.

Periodic reporting is required, including use of funds for meetings, statistical support, and research when in practice. There must also be maintenance of contact with updated contact information provided to AO Trauma NA upon fellowship graduation or initiation of permanent academic position.

How to apply

Apply online via the link below. The following is needed to apply:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement in support of research project 
  • Letter of support from department chair
  • Grant proposal
  • Budget


Application opens Fall 2024.

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