OPERF | Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation

Small Grant Program Overview

About the Small Grant Program

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) provides funding to support clinically relevant, investigator-initiated research in orthotics and prosthetics (O&P). Small grant awards are designated for investigators who have attained a doctoral degree or have prior research experience. A single one-year Small Grant of up to $25,000 is given on an annual basis. Awards will be based on the scientific merit of the proposed research project. (For more information, reference the OPERF Review Form on the OPERF website). OPERF has arranged for award recipients to present their research at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium. The Academy has donated complimentary registration fees and reserved speaking slots for investigators to present their OPERF-sponsored research.

Complementary Funding/Support

OPERF Small Grant Award applicants are required to identify existing and/or pending funding related to the application. If complimentary funding is obtained by the investigator prior to award announcement or during the award period, award recipients are required to inform the OPERF Research Committee Chair (see Contact Information, below) in writing. When contacting the OPERF Research Committee Chair, investigators are encouraged to submit a modified budget that reflects the complimentary support obtained for the proposed research. OPERF reserves the right to modify the provided funding based on the receipt of alternative support received by the investigator(s). Decisions regarding the modification of funding will be approved by the OPERF Board of Directors. If a modification to the funding amount is made after the disbursement of funds, OPERF reserves the right to request that funds be returned.

Instructions and Forms

Instructions and forms for submission of proposals are available below. Submissions may be made by email only. Applicants are responsible for confirming all materials are received by the due dates.

OPERF Small Grant Program Overview

OPERF Small Grant Cover Page

OPERF Small Grant Program Funding Cycle

The following are key dates and deadlines for the OPERF Small Grant Program. Applicants are responsible for ensuring all materials are received by OPERF by the due dates.

  • LOI due December 11
  • Proposal due January 15
  • Award notification April 1*
  • Funding disbursed May 27*

* Award notification date and subsequent dates are based on anticipated number of submitted applications. A greater number of submissions than expected may delay notification. Applicants will be notified in writing if a delay occurs.

Contact Information

Requests for additional information may be addressed to:

Small Grant Award Program
c/o Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO (Hons)
Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation
P.O. Box 34635
Washington, DC 20043-4635
phone: (312) 503-5717
web: www.OPERF.org

Materials cannot be returned.

QUESTIONS: If you have any questions about the Fellowship Award Program, please contact Nia B. Abdul-Malik at (202) 380-3663 or email .