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Life + Career Osteopathic Research Research Funding Research Training Grants

Research Training Grants

Advancing the profession

Research opportunities for resident physicians, fellows and osteopathic medical students

Promote the osteopathic approach to care through AOA-funded research.

Resident physicians, fellows and osteopathic medical students can apply for AOA grant funding to support projects that address one of 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

Fellows and resident physicians can apply for up to $20,000 in funding for 18-month studies.

Physician-in-Training RFA

Medical students can apply for up to $5,000 in funding for a 6- to 12-month study. Studies must be supplemental projects of existing research studies.

Osteopathic Medical Students RFA

Proposals submitted must comply with the specific requirements for topic and scope of research projects as set forth in the respective RFAs for the larger research grants.

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

  • 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.

Acute/Chronic Pain Management Grant (ACPM)

  • 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 followin
      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.
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