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 open September 19 - November 4, 2022.

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.  Funding is distributed in installments starting with the current fellowship year and into the first year of practice.

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 open September 19 - November 4, 2022.

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