The ORS International Section of Fracture Repair (ISFR) Interdisciplinary Academic Exchange Award Grant’s purpose is to support research collaboration, expand section membership and foster diversity. To achieve this, our aim is to cultivate a rewarding and valuable section membership experience by increasing our member’s opportunity for networking, career development, and competitive grants/awards.

This grant will fund an ORS ISFR member to visit a research lab for the purpose of collaboration and knowledge exchange in the areas of fracture repair and/or bone regeneration research and to facilitate the exchange of new research methodologies and techniques. The application will be peer-reviewed by the multi-disciplinary ISFR Awards Committee.


$5,000 for one ORS ISFR (Section) member to visit a research lab for the purpose of collaboration and knowledge exchange. These funds can be used towards travel, accommodation, and living costs for the investigator to visit research institutions to foster collaboration in fracture repair and/or bone regeneration areas and to facilitate the exchange of new research methodologies and techniques.

We realize that costs for international travel have increased. Please do not hesitate to submit applications which may exceed the funding bracket of $5,000. This will be reviewed by the committee and essential costs for the conduct of the project may be fundable.

Eligibility & Criteria

  • Applicant must be an ORS and ORS ISFR member in good standing.
  • Members living outside of the US are encouraged to apply. Host institutions outside the US are encouraged to take part.
  • Applications will be accepted from applicants at all career stages, particularly members on a junior /middle grade academic career pathway.
  • The award is given to an individual recipient but not a research group.
  • The period of exchange is expected to be a minimum of 2 weeks and may spread over more than 1 visit. Support for longer periods of exchange is also welcomed.
  • The topic of research must be relevant to the advance of fracture repair and of high scientific value.
  • Multidisciplinary exchanges will be given priority.

 Submission Package

  • A structured letter (maximum 2 pages) outlining the purpose of the visit, including a brief description of the area of intended collaboration, and the expected knowledge/skill transfer and / or collaborative outcome anticipated by the visit, and what impact the visit will likely have on their career.
  • A 2-page biosketch
  • A letter from the hosting institution confirming support for the visit/exchange
  • A completed budget form indicating the level of funding requested and a breakdown of the costs into travel, accommodation, and living expenses (Please use this budget template)

Deadline for submissions: June 7, 2024

The grant recipient will be notified no later than July 29, 2024

The grant recipient will be expected to provide a brief report of their exchange experience to be shared in ORS ISFR related announcements and communications – presentation at the forthcoming biannual ISFR Section Meeting 2025 is encouraged.

The mission of the ORS ISFR is to advance the science of bone biology, bone regeneration, fracture healing/repair, and trauma leading to improved patient care. Learn more.

ORS ISFR (Section) Membership
Since ORS Sections are integral parts of the Society, Section membership requires membership in the ORS. All current members of the ORS are eligible to join one or more Sections of the ORS paying appropriate Section membership dues.

ORS Members
If you are currently an ORS member, and would like to add a Section membership, please complete the Join an ORS Research Section application.

Not a Current Member of ORS?
Join the ORS and an ORS Section today by completing the online membership application.

For Information
Successful applicants must submit a brief report of the outcome of your exchange visit, indicating the research benefits you achieved through the grant. This summary may be included in an ORS and Section e-newsletter and other promotional material. Only complete electronic submissions will be considered for review.

The personal data that you provide when submitting an application for the ORS ISFR Interdisciplinary Academic Exchange Grant will be used to evaluate the applicant and will be shared with members of the ORS ISFR Awards Committee.

We will also use the information to communicate with you regarding the final selection.