2017 Successful Grants  

Congratulations to the following individuals on their successful Research Foundation Grant Applications:  

Peter McEwan 

To conduct preclinical studies to evaluate the efficacy of bacteriophage as an adjunct therapy for prosthetic joint infection (PJI) caused by S. aureus. 

David Little 

To develop a novel bone-seeking antibiotic. 

Matthew Wilkinson 

To compare perioperative blood loss, coagulopathy, systemic inflammatory responses, post-operative adhesion formation and range of movement at the surgical site following intravenous or intra-articular administration of ALM or tranexamic acid, and anti-fibrinolytic agent commonly used for blood management during joint arthroplasty, during surgery. 

Paul Smith 

Aim 1: To validate the critical link between surface topography, chemistry and bioactivities of AgSrPOTi alloys
Aim 2: Optimise the thickness of AgNP layer with respect to achieving the best antibacterial effects and biocompatibility 

Satyen Gohil

To establish the collective diagnostic accuracy of 3 clinical examination techniques (bicipital groove tenderness, Speed's test, Yergason's test) when compared with MRI findings, and compared with arthroscopic findings (gold standard) in the diagnosis of biceps tendinopathy. 

Tamer Mettyas

To stimulate and facilitate nerve axonal growth and regeneration after complete transection injury.


The Foundation funds a 'small grants' scheme to encourage the initiation or continuation of research projects by AOA Fellows, Associates and Trainees.

As a guide to the appropriate size of budget to be submitted with your application, the extent of funding available each year is determined by the earnings of the Foundation's capital in the preceding year.

The number of grants allocated from 2001 to date:

2017 6 Grants $150k
2016 5 Grants $125k
2015 7 Grants $124k
2014 6 Grants $187k
6 Grants
2012     4 Grants       $114K
2011 5 Grants $204K
2010 5 Grants $240K
2009 4 Grants $143K
2008 6 Grants $215K
2007 4 Grants $135K
2006 3 Grants $115K
2005 4 Grants $110K
2004 3 Grants $80K
2003 3 Grants $70K
2002 2 Grants $30K
2001 4 Grants $32K

Although grants in excess of $50,000 may be awarded, applicants should be aware that the funding pool is limited and most awards will fall below $30,000. The current total funding available annually is in the order of $150,000.