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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.

As part of the AOA Research Grant Program, the AOA offers research funding opportunities for osteopathic physicians in training and medical students seeking to make a contribution to the field of osteopathic medical research. Read on for more information about the process of obtaining research funding as an osteopathic medical student, resident or fellow.

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.

AOA Physicians in Training Grant Program | View RFA

This program is designed to support physicians in training who are interested in conducting a clinical or health services research project that will make a significant contribution to osteopathic medicine. Additionally, the program aims to establish a foundation for physicians in training to contribute to osteopathic medicine throughout their careers.

Funded grant projects will be completed under the direction of a mentor, who should be an active investigator in the area of the proposed research and be committed to supervising the applicant’s research and supporting their career development. Both the mentor and applicant must accept responsibility for the conduct of the project and the reporting of scientific results. A portion of the research training program may be conducted at an institution other than the sponsoring institution; however, the sponsoring institution must obtain the services of a consultant who will provide on-site supervision of the portion not completed at the sponsoring institution.

Submitted proposals must comply with requirements set forth in the respective RFAs for the larger grants.

AOA Osteopathic Medical Student Research Program | View RFA

This program supports development of research skills among medical students aiming to complete a clinical or health services research project that will make a significant contribution to osteopathic medicine. In addition, the program introduces osteopathic medical students to the osteopathic research community and encourages them to engage in research throughout their careers.

Funded grant projects will be completed under the direction of a mentor, who should be an active investigator in the area of the proposed research and be committed to supervising the applicant’s research and supporting their career development. Both the mentor and applicant must accept responsibility for the conduct of the project and the reporting of scientific results. A portion of the research training program may be conducted at an institution other than the sponsoring institution; however, the sponsoring institution must obtain the services of a consultant who will provide on-site supervision of the portion not completed at the sponsoring institution.

The proposal must be the supplemental project of an existing research study and must comply with the specific requirements for the topic and scope of research projects set forth in the respective RFA’s for the larger research grants. Supplemental projects must have research questions and objectives that are distinct from the existing (parent) study. Applicants will be required to provide information regarding the parent study.

Submitted proposals must comply with requirements set forth in the respective RFAs for the larger grants.

Publication of Research

Results of funded research will be submitted for publication in the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (JOM), the official scientific publication of the AOA. Research grant recipients are required to give the JOM first right of refusal for publication of research findings generated from the grant.

The application process is currently open:

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

Application resources:

Grant application
Applicant tutorial
Frequently Asked Questions

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