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AOA Research Grants

Research spotlight

Grant opportunities for DOs, MDs and PhDs

Funding is awarded to researchers conducting 18- or 24-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 five research focus areas: osteopathic philosophy, chronic disease, OMM/OMT, musculoskeletal injury and prevention, and pain management.

Research funding is available at the following levels:

  • For DOs, MDs, and PhDs conducting 18-month studies: Up to $100,000.
  • For DOs, MDs, and PhDs conducting 24-month studies: Up to $150,000.

The AOA also offers Research Training Grants for medical students, residents and fellows.

The annual application cycle for the following Request for Applications (RFAs) is from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2019 and awards will be announced in June 2019.

More detailed information is available when you register and take the Eligibility Quiz. For active grantees, you will not have to go through the eligibility quiz unless this is a new grant cycle.

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Osteopathic Philosophy & Differences in Communication, Compassion/Empathy or Patient Satisfaction

This RFA is for research on whether the distinctive osteopathic approach to patient translates into better patient outcomes, specifically when it comes to empathy, compassion, patient-physician communication, or patient satisfaction.

Focus area: Osteopathic philosophy


Osteopathic Approach to Obesity, its Related Metabolic Disorders, and Complications

This RFA is for research addressing the unique osteopathic approach to treating obesity and related disorders. Clinical and basic science proposals are both eligible.

Focus area: Chronic diseases and conditions


OMT Effect on Inflammation

This RFA is for research that examines the effect of OMT on inflammation which shows clear relevance to disease states such as acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain, chronic fatigue, asthma/COPD or other clinical conditions. Studies may be conducted through clinical, in vitro (cell-based) or basic science research.

Focus area: OMM/OMT


The Osteopathic Approach & Parkinson's Disease

This RFA is for research studies that address the effect(s) of the osteopathic approach on Parkinson’s disease (e.g. gait improvement, tremors, medication use, falls, quality of life, mental health, etc.).

Focus area: OMM/OMT


Osteopathic Medicine Applied to Musculoskeletal Injuries & Prevention

This RFA is for studies that examine osteopathic medicine as applied to musculoskeletal injuries and prevention. Studies may be conducted through clinical, in vivo (animal models), in vitro (cell-based) or basic science research.

Focus area: Musculosk​eletal injuries and prevention​


Chronic Pain Management

This RFA is for research studies examining the osteopathic approach to chronic pain management, including the nonmedical use of opioid prescription drugs. The AOA’s efforts are to increase understanding of the effect of an integrative holistic approach in pain management (not limited to OMT/OMM).

Focus area: Pain management

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