American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Request for Grant Applications

The AOA has identified five research priorities with the potential to impact patient care and evidence-based medicine and demonstrate the value of the osteopathic approach. 

Osteopathic Philosophy

RFA:​ Osteopathic Philosophy and Differences in Communication, Compassion/Empathy or Patient Satisfaction Grant

  • ​The AOA is seeking applications for research studies rooted in the osteopathic philosophy to determine if this distinctive approach to patient care translates into better outcomes. Specific focus on compassion/empathy, patient/phy​sician provider communication or patient satisfaction​.​

​C​hronic Diseases & Conditions

RFA: Osteopathic Approach to Obesity, its related Metabolic Disorders, and Complications​

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​The AOA is seeking applications for research studies that address the unique osteopathic approach to address obesity a​nd its related disorders​.  Both clinical and basic science proposals are eligible for this RFA.​

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMM/OMT)

RFA 1: OMT Effect on Inflammation

      • The AOA is seeking applications for research studies that address the effect of OMT on inflammationthrough clinical, in vitro, or basic science research, which shows clear relevance to disease states including, but not limited, to the following: acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, asthma/COPD, infectious diseases, or other clinical conditions.

RFA 2: The Osteopathic Approach & Parkinson’s Disease

      • The AOA is seeking applications for research studies that address the effect(s) of the osteopathic approach on Parkinson’s disease (gait improvement, tremors, medication use, falls, quality of life, mental health, etc.).

Musculosk​eletal Injuries and Prevention​

RFA: Osteopathic Medicine Applied to Musculoskeletal Injuries and Prevention

  • The AOA is seeking applications for research studies that address​​osteopathic medicine applied to muscu​loskeletal injuries and prevention​; the application of osteopathic medicine to musculoskeletal through clinical, in vivo (i.e. animal models), in vitro (i.e. cell-based), or other basic science research.

Pain Management

RFA: Chronic Pain Management

  • The AOA is seeking applications for research studies examining the osteopathic approach to chronic pain management and its effect on patient outcomes. Chronic pain​ is defined as pain that lasts more than three months.

Bureau of Scientific Affairs and Public Health

RFA: Red​ucing​ Nonmedical Use of Prescription Drugs

  • ​The ​​​AOA is seeking applications for research studies on prescri​ption drug abuse and misuse​ rooted in the osteopathic philosophy.

Deadline for Application

  • The deadline for all RFAs is Jan. 31, 2019 by 5 p.m. Central Time

  • Awards will be announced June 15, 2019

Application Process

Technical Assistance/Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for All AOA RFAs​​

Questions should be directed to the AOA Department of Research and Development at:

Gloria Dillard, MPH, Assistant Director of Grants​
Phone: (312) 202-8006
Fax: (312) 202-8306


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