Grant recipients

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

2018 recipients

To describe the transfusion-mediated inflammatory response in hip fracture patients at different perioperative time points by determining the perioperative time point at which hip fracture patients have the lowest inflammatory response to packed red cells.  
To test the performance of the unique bioscaffold with a suite of immuno-molecular and mechanobiological assays and show that it produces durable, long-lasting, hyaline-like cartilage in an ex-vivo model of cartilage injury, mimicking the conditions encountered in vivo.
Determine the comparative rates, costs and outcomes of elective spine fusion and disc replacement surgery performed under workers compensation compared to private and public schemes. Secondarily, to compare rates, costs and outcomes of fusion to non-fusion spine surgery performed under each system.
To improve the process of informed consent in orthopaedic surgery in Australia.
  1. Investigate changes in gene expression profiles in patients with rotator cuff tears (RCT) compared to those with non-degenerate shoulder conditions.
  2. Interrogate gene expression data to identify potential serum and urine biomarkers that might assist in the (i) staging of and RCT (ii) predicting of response to surgery.
To determine if surgical management is superior to non-surgical management for patients with a 44-B1 ankle fracture with respect to ankle function and physical quality of life at five years.
To assess the effect of vitamin D supplementation on fracture healing in a vitamin D deficient paediatric population compared with placebo.

Grant values

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.