Arthroscopy Association of North America: Clinical or Basic Science Research Grants

The Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) is an international professional organization of more than five thousand orthopedic surgeons and other medical professionals committed to advancing the field of minimally-invasive orthopedic surgery and improving patient outcomes.

To advance that mission, AANA welcomes applications for its 2021 Research Grants program. Through the program, grants of up to $100,000 over twelve months will be awarded in support of clinical or basic science research in the field of arthroscopic surgery or on disorders amenable to arthroscopic treatment.

For the 2021 grant year, AANA will give special consideration to proposals focused on the following research areas: arthroscopic meniscectomy vs. physical therapy; Superior Capsular Reconstruction (SCR) vs. primary rotator cuff repair (complete or partial); MPFL reconstruction vs. physical therapy; Bankart + remplissage vs. Bankart repair; Tenx vs. open tennis debridement for lateral epicondylitis; Arthroscopic Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis (ECRB) release vs. open debridement; tendon debridement (patella, peroneal, quad) vs. physical therapy; and arthroscopic labral reconstruction (hip).

The AANA Research Committee will also give special consideration to the following general research areas: studies on patient outcomes with a minimum follow-up of five years on each participant; comparative, prospective, or randomized studies on hip capsular management, shoulder bone loss management, rotator cuff patch and/or SCR augmentation, and knee ALL or LET augmentation; and biologics and injection therapies for osteoarthritis for soft tissue pathology and as an adjunct to surgery.

See the AANA website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of previous recipients.