Life + Career Osteopathic Research Research Funding AOA Research Grants

AOA Research Grants

Research spotlight

Grant opportunities for DOs, MDs and PhDs

Funding is awarded to researchers conducting 18-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 two research focus areas. Since 2016, the AOA has awarded more than $4 million in grants for osteopathic research. Learn more about projects funded by the AOA’s research grant program. Click the links below for information on how to submit your research for funding in the 2020 grant program.

Online Grant Submission Instructions
Online Grant Application Submission Program

Researchers can apply for up to $100,000 in funding for 18-month studies in the following areas:

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Treatment on the Prevention and Management of Musculoskeletal Injuries (OMM/OMT)

  • Requirements for this RFA:
    • Proposals in response to this RFA should improve the scientific basis of the mechanics and impact of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) on the prevention and management of musculoskeletal injuries through clinical, in vitro, or basic science research. Proposals should show clear relevance to disease states in one of the two following areas:
      1. Use of OMM/OMT for fall prevention and/or vestibular problems.
      2. Use of OMM/OMT in concussions, either mechanistic or efficacy, including outcome measures such as cognition, recovery time, biomarkers, lymphatic drainage, functional MRI, etc.
  • RFA Download

Acute/Chronic Pain Management Grant (ACPM)

  • Requirements for this RFA:
    • Proposals in response to this RFA should explore the osteopathic approaches to acute and chronic pain management with an emphasis on treatments and patient outcomes. Proposals should address one or more of the following areas:
      1. The role of OMM/OMT, as well as other osteopathic modalities such as touch and communication in surgical recovery.
      2. The role of the effects of OMM/OMT on reducing opioid prescribing (consumption). Studies should measure acute pain control.
      3. The identification and investigation of the role of biomarkers in substantiating that OMT works mechanistically and defining how biomarkers can be used as a more reliable measurement of pain reduction than the use of traditional pain scales.
  • RFA Download


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