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Grants & You Winter 2020: Grant Opportunities

AOA Research Grants

American Osteopathic Association (AOA) - Osteopathic Medical Conference &  Exposition (OMED) 2020 - Jennings Strouss

2021 AOA Research Grant Programs
Looking to advance your career and the osteopathic medical profession through clinical, basic science, or health services research? Consider applying for an AOA research grant. The AOA offers grant funding to DOs, osteopathic medical students, and PhD researchers conducting studies that address AOA's research focus areas:

  1. OMM & OMT for prevention and management of musculoskeletal injuries
  2. Acute/chronic pain management
  3. Impact of Osteopathic Approach on chronic disease and elderly care
  4. OMM observational & explorative research studies


AOA Research Grant Program

Four identified areas of emphasis will help DO, MD, and PhD faculty focus proposals and develop collaborative research studies. These categories reflect the concept that while OMM/OMT remains a strong tradition of the osteopathic profession, osteopathic medicine encompasses a broader philosophy inclusive of patient-centered care, empathy, and the mind/body/spirit approach.

AOA/AOF New Investigator Research Grant Program

Advances scientific training of new faculty investigators by funding studies in basic science, clinical science, or health services that contribute to osteopathic medicine. This joint effort of the AOA and AOF seeks to encourage individuals to aspire to pursue osteopathic research throughout their careers.

AOA Research Opportunities for Resident Physicians, Fellows, and Osteopathic Medical Students

Supports research training of the applicant by enabling them to conduct a faculty-mentored basic science, clinical, or health services research project that will make a significant contribution to osteopathic medicine. The program seeks to introduce applicants to the osteopathic research community and encourage long-term engagement.

For all programs, notify SP ( of intent to apply by January 15, 2021.

AACOM Research Grants

Osteopathic Considerations for Core Entrustable Professional Activities  (EPAs) for Entering Residency

AACOM Research Grants fund medical education and institutional research awards. Institutional research is a broad category of work done at colleges (and across colleges within a profession) to inform decision-making and planning. Topics related to workforce issues (e.g., implications of expansion of osteopathic medical colleges, branch campuses, additional teaching sites, and class sizes) are of increasing interest. Grants can support a pilot study or serve as the basis for seeking matching funds at individual institutions; however, priority will be given to projects providing potential for inter-institutional collaboration. Proposals with strategies for continuing or sustaining the project/activity post-grant will also be given preference.

Available Awards:

  • Up to $5,000 for single campus study or small collaborative study within single institution across multiple programs
  • Up to $10,000 for larger collaborative study across multiple institutions or multiple educational programs

KCOM, SOMA, and Still OPTI educators are eligible. Faculty who engage ATSU’s research support and sponsored programs personnel in the early stages of research design/application drafting may gain significant guidance in developing a more competitive research proposal and corresponding budget. Interested faculty are encouraged to notify the SP office ( of their intent to apply by January 15, 2021.

Call for Research Proposals to Reduce Opioid Use in Pain Management: OMM Collaborative Investigation

The AACOM Opioid Advisory Task Force is organizing a multi-institutional study on the use of OMM as an adjuvant to reduce analgesics in pain management. The Task Force intends to apply for extramural support for the collaborative effort. Potential funders will be determined after the project and sites have been identified.

The Task Force welcomes both basic science and clinical researchers in osteopathic medical education to submit project ideas. Projects should have the ability to be carried out across multiple colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) and apply a defined, specific set of techniques to all patients who present with the same diagnosis. Projects must include a group that receives sham manipulative treatment (example) to clearly differentiate touch from actual manipulation.

Those interested in submitting project ideas should send a 2-page summary, including Title, Introduction, Method, Use of OMM, Data to be Collected, Anticipated Results and Timeframe, and Cost, to by Friday, January 22, 2020Project ideas will be reviewed, and a meeting with participating COMs will be held to discuss next steps.

Direct questions to co-chairs Frederick J. Goldstein, PhD, FCP, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (, and Susan St. Pierre, DO, College of Osteopathic Medicine Touro University California (

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