The Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) and the Orland Bethel Family Musculoskeletal Research Center (BMRC) have joined together to offer a fellowship to new-in-career scientists. The BMRC/ORS Fellowship prioritizes support of early career scientists to produce breakthrough treatments for musculoskeletal ailments.

The program will support the generation of critical preliminary data for larger grant applications, leading to breakthrough treatments for musculoskeletal diseases. Two levels of BMRC Fellowship support are currently available — $20,000 awards for postdoctoral scholars or medical residents and $30,000 awards for junior faculty members — to support translational basic science and clinical musculoskeletal research.


  • Postdoctoral scholars/residents must have completed a PhD, MD or DO degree within 5 years of the application date (approved institutional leaves of absence excluded).
  • Junior faculty (research assistant professor, assistant professor or equivalent) must be within 5 years of starting their first faculty position (approved institutional leaves of absence excluded). Faculty should also have not received grants totaling more than $75,000/year in direct research support.
  • Applicants must verify that they have legal work status in the United States and that all research will be performed in laboratories located in the United States.

Program Details

One award from each level (postdoc/junior faculty) will be for investigators who are active members of the Orthopaedic Research Society. Funding is to support generation of preliminary data for subsequent larger grant applications. Allowable expenses include salary (up to 20% total of award), research supplies, animals, equipment, professional travel or publication fees. No indirect costs are permitted.

All 2024 BMRC/ORS fellows will be required to attend and present their work at the BMRC Research Symposium in Pittsburgh, PA in September 2025. Travel to the BMRC Research Symposium is not included with this award and should be included in the proposal budget if necessary.

Application Details

  • April 15, 2024: Letter of Intent (LOI) due 
  • May 24, 2024: Notification of selection for full application
  • July 15, 2024: Full grant application is due
  • August 30, 2024: Award announcement
  • October 1, 2024: Start date for the award
  • September 30, 2025: End date of award

Letter of Intent Details

The LOI will be submitted on the BMRC website and will require the following combined into one PDF document:

  • Cover page:
    • Title of application
    • Principal investigator name, academic position, institution
    • Co-investigator(s) name, role, institution
  • Description of research project (1 page limit)
    • Significance, innovation, specific aims, and hypothesis
  • Impact statement (300 word limit)
    • Describe how this project reflects the mission of the BMRC.
    • Describe how this award will impact your career and lead to preliminary data for larger future funding/research studies.
  • Biosketch NIH formatted biosketch of the principal investigator only. Do not exceed 5 pages.

For questions and additional information: Contact Laurie Dearolf, PhD at [email protected].