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AOA Research Grants

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Grant opportunities for DOs, MDs and PhDs

Funding is awarded to researchers conducting 18- or 24-month projects rooted in osteopathic principles and practice.

MD, DO and PhD researchers are eligible to apply for AOA grant funding that corresponds to RFAs in the AOA’s five research focus areas: patient care, chronic disease, OMM/OMT, musculoskeletal injury and pain management.

Research funding is available at the following levels:

  • For DOs, MDs, and PhDs conducting 18-month studies: Up to $100,000.
  • For DOs, MDs, and PhDs conducting 24-month studies: Up to $150,000.

The AOA also offers Research Training Grants for medical students, residents and fellows.

The annual application cycle for the following RFAs is from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31. Application info and materials will be posted in early summer 2018. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2019 and awards will be announced in June 2019.

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Osteopathic Philosophy & Differences in Communication, Compassion/Empathy or Patient Satisfaction

This RFA is for research on whether the distinctive osteopathic approach to patient translates into better patient outcomes, specifically when it comes to empathy, compassion, patient-physician communication, or patient satisfaction.

Focus area: Osteopathic philosophy


OMT Effect on Inflammation

This RFA is for research that examines the effect of OMT on inflammation which shows clear relevance to disease states such as acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain, chronic fatigue, asthma/COPD or other clinical conditions. Studies may be conducted through clinical, in vitro (cell-based) or basic science research.

Focus area: OMM/OMT


The Osteopathic Approach & Parkinson's Disease

This RFA is for research studies that address the effect(s) of the osteopathic approach on Parkinson’s disease (e.g. gait improvement, tremors, medication use, falls, quality of life, mental health, etc.).

Focus area: OMM/OMT


Osteopathic Medicine Applied to Musculoskeletal Injuries & Prevention

This RFA is for studies that examine osteopathic medicine as applied to musculoskeletal injuries and prevention. tudies may be conducted through clinical, in vivo (animal models), in vitro (cell-based) or basic science research.

Focus area: Musculosk​eletal Injuries and Prevention​


Chronic Pain Mangement

This RFA is 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.

Focus area: Pain management


Osteopathic Approach to Obesity, its Related Metabolic Disorders & Complications

This RFA is for research addressing the unique osteopathic approach to treating obesity and related disorders. Clinical and basic science proposals are both eligible.

Focus area: Chronic diseases and conditions


Reducing Nonmedical Use of Prescription Drugs

This RFA is for research studies on prescription drug abuse and misuse. Research should be rooted in the osteopathic philosophy.

Sponsor: AOA Bureau of Scientific Affairs and Public Health

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Research Training Grants

Advancing the profession

Research opportunities for osteopathic students, residents and fellows

Grants are awarded to researchers conducting 6 to 12-month projects focused on the osteopathic approach to care.

Fellows, residents and osteopathic medical students can apply for AOA grant funding to support projects that address one of the AOA’s five research focus areas.

Research funding is available at the following levels:

  • For fellows and residents conducting a 12-month study: Up to $20,000
  • For medical students conducting a 6 to 12-month study tied to an existing osteopathic research project: Up to $5,000

The AOA also offers AOA Research Grants for physicians and PhD researchers.

The annual application cycle for the following RFAs is from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31. Application info and materials will be posted in early summer 2018. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2019.

The AOA funds osteopathic research project that focus on the following five areas:

  • The osteopathic philosophy as it impacts physician training, patient outcomes, quality of care, communication, system utilization and patient satisfaction.
  • The effect of osteopathic medicine on the prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment of chronic diseases and conditions.
  • OMM and OMT.
  • Treating and preventing musculoskeletal injuries.
  • The osteopathic approach to chronic pain management.

Preference will be given to proposals that use novel approaches and lead to results that could be translated to physician practices. Supplemental projects of existing research studies are also eligible for funding, but must have research questions and specific aims distinct from the existing (parent) study.

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