Life + Career Osteopathic Research Research Funding For New Investigators

For New Investigators

Breaking into research

Grants for new physicians and PhD researchers

The American Osteopathic Foundation and the AOA have partnered to offer new physicians and PhD researchers funding to conduct 18-month projects rooted in osteopathic principles and practice.

AOA/AOF New Investigator Research Grant Program

The objective of this grant is to advance the scientific training of new investigators by providing funding for research projects. A New investigator is defined as a Principle Investigator (PI) who has completed his/her terminal research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, whichever date is later, within the past 10 years. Individuals who have previously competed successfully as a PI for an AOA larger grant (i.e., $100,000 to $150,000 grant award) and/or received an R01 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant or its equivalent as a PI are not eligible.

The program provides up to $50,000 in research funding for DOs, MDs, or PhDs conducting 18-month studies that correspond to the AOA’s 4 RFAs in 3 overall areas of foci approved by the AOA Board of Trustees.

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 2021 grant program.

Research projects considered for this program may be basic science, clinical science, or health services that will contribute to osteopathic medicine. Additionally, the AOA and AOF seek to encourage individuals to aspire to conduct and contribute to osteopathic research throughout their careers.

Funds Available
Up to $50,000

Grant Period
18 months (beginning Sept. 1, 2021)

Read more detailed information about this grant opportunity.

New Investigator Grant RFA

Application Submission Timeline

  • Application submission opens on Dec. 14, 2020, and the deadline is Monday, Feb. 15, 2021
  • All applications must be submitted via the AOA online application system by 11:59 p.m. (CST).
  • Awards will be announced in June 2021.
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