Life + Career Osteopathic Research Research Funding Research Training Grants

Research Training Grants

Advancing the profession

Research opportunities for osteopathic students, residents and fellows

Grants are awarded to researchers conducting 6 to 12-month projects focused on the osteopathic approach to care.

Fellows, residents and osteopathic medical students can apply for AOA grant funding to support projects that address one of the AOA’s five research focus areas.

Research funding is available at the following levels:

  • For fellows and residents conducting a 12-month study: Up to $20,000
  • For medical students conducting a 6 to 12-month study tied to an existing osteopathic research project: Up to $5,000

The AOA also offers AOA Research Grants for physicians and PhD researchers.

The annual application cycle for the following RFAs is from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31. Application info and materials will be posted in early summer 2018. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2019.

The AOA funds osteopathic research project that focus on the following five areas:

  • The osteopathic philosophy as it impacts physician training, patient outcomes, quality of care, communication, system utilization and patient satisfaction.
  • The effect of osteopathic medicine on the prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment of chronic diseases and conditions.
  • OMM and OMT.
  • Treating and preventing musculoskeletal injuries.
  • The osteopathic approach to chronic pain management.

Preference will be given to proposals that use novel approaches and lead to results that could be translated to physician practices. Supplemental projects of existing research studies are also eligible for funding, but must have research questions and specific aims distinct from the existing (parent) study.

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