ORS/OREF/AAOS New Investigator Workshop

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Clinical, Translational, and Basic Science Research

May 15-16, 2015
Westin O’Hare, Rosemont, IL


Through this workshop, new investigators have developed the skills and learned the strategies to successfully secure funding for clinical, translational, and basic science research. All attendees will meet senior investigators who manage highly successful research programs funded by the NIH, DOD, VA, and private foundations, and who have served on NIH study sections.  Attendees who elect to submit a draft research plan have the opportunity to work one-on-one with an experienced musculoskeletal researcher who provides mentoring, discusses funding strategies and offers recommendations so essential for a successful academic career.

Attendees will learn about what impact is, the definition of NIH innovation, elements of good grants, how to write foundation and federal grants, and differences in NIH R03, R21, F32, K08/K01/K23, and R01 grants in terms of success rate and payline. This workshop will also cover clinical trials. Most importantly, provisional grants by the participants will be reviewed by faculty members at the Mock Study Section that will be chaired by Dr. James Iatridis who served as Study Section Chair at the Skeletal Biology, Structure, and Regeneration Study Section.

The program is open to junior faculty, post-doctoral researchers, clinical fellows, and residents with a commitment to pursuing an academic research career.  Basic science and clinical investigators (PhD, MD, MS) with or without training awards are also invited to attend.

Educational Goals:

  • Essential & Practical Information for Early Career Development
  • Grant Writing Strategy & Skills
  • Networking for Collaboration
  • Real Time Feedback at the Mock Study Section
  • Face-to-Face Meetings with  Faculty Reviewers & NIH Officers

To date, participants of the ORS/OREF Grant Writing Workshop and ORS/OREF/AAOS New Investigator Workshop have received 71 NIH Grants totaling $55,825,033.

Deadline for applications: April 3, 2015



  1. Junior faculty
  2. Clinical fellows, residents, or post-doctoral researchers who are doing research and have a confirmed faculty appointment, or
  3. Basic and clinical investigators (MD, PhD, MS) with or without  training awards


  1. Completed Application
  2. Letter of nomination from division or department chair to include description of the candidate’s work and research interest
  3. NIH Biosketch of the applicant

NIH Biosketch Template

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Potential for success as an independent investigator in musculoskeletal research
  2. Ability to benefit from the ORS/OREF/AAOS New Investigator Workshop
  3. Evidence of commitment in pursuing an academic research career in musculoskeletal research

For more information please contact Jola Lewsza at lewsza@ors.org.