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AOA Research Grants

Research spotlight

Grant opportunities for DOs, MDs and PhDs

Funding is available for researchers conducting 18-month projects rooted in osteopathic principles & practice.

The AOA’s research grant program supports the pursuit of research rooted in osteopathic principles and practice that promotes the overall impact and efficacy of osteopathic medicine. Researchers are encouraged to submit funding applications for studies that explore the whole-person approach of osteopathic medicine, while also addressing disease states and spectrum of patient care (e.g., primary, secondary and tertiary).

Though Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMM/OMT) remain strong traditions in the osteopathic profession, research should recognize that osteopathic medicine encompasses a broader philosophy focused on empathetic patient-centered care that addresses the body, mind and spirit.

NOTE: The AOA no longer funds basic science research projects. AOA-funded research projects will address the tenets of osteopathic medicine and advance the distinctiveness of the osteopathic profession through patient-focused research projects.

The application process is currently open:

Application deadline: Jan. 31, 2022
Awards announced: June 2022

Application resources:

Research Focus Areas
Grant application

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