ISAKOS Research Grants Program

THANK YOU for your interest in the ISAKOS initiative for orthopaedic research and education. The purpose of the ISAKOS Research Grants Program is to provide ISAKOS members with a resource for funding the highest quality international research in arthroscopy, knee surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine. The applicant must be the principal investigator and an Active Member of ISAKOS in good standing.

ISAKOS Research Grants

The ISAKOS Research Grants are offered every two years (next term: 2021-2023), and will consider applications for four types of grants:

  • New Researcher - Four possible grants for eligible applications with scientific merit. One grant up to $25,000 and three additional grants up to $10,000 each.
    • New Researcher grant qualification: has not received external funding over $15,000; no significant history of publication, presentations or research/experiment participation
  • Translational Research - Four possible grants for eligible applications with scientific merit. One grant at up to $20,000 USD and three additional grants at up to $10,000 each.
    • Foster high quality clinical or translational research in early osteoarthritis and prevention, as well as treatment of osteoarthritis.
    • Could include total knee replacement, osteotomy, meniscal transplant, OCD transplant, etc.
  • Clinical Outcomes - One grant for eligible applications with scientific merit up to $50,000.
    • Support outcomes research through well-designed clinical trials to evaluate the efficacy of interventions in orthopaedic sports medicine
    • Example: Level I - III study on biologics in Rotator Cuff repair
  • Countries with Limited Resources - Two possible grants for eligible applications with scientific merit. One grant at up to $15,000 and one additional grant at up to $10,000.
    • Awarded to a Finalist from a Country with Limited Resources defined by the World Health Organization

The objective of the ISAKOS Research Grants is to encourage quality research in the topic areas of knee surgery, sports medicine and arthroscopy. Clinical relevance must be clearly noted in the abstract and specific aims and be obvious from the title and the study design. Both laboratory and clinical projects are suitable, but in either case clinical relevance must be explicitly and clearly described.

2019-2021 ISAKOS Research Grant Winners

Clinical Outcomes: Operative vs. Non-operative Management of Posterior-medial Meniscal Root Tears: A Randomized Multicenter International Trial

Countries with Limited Resources: Correlation Between Knee Functional Scores and Pivot Shift Test Measurements In Anterior Cruciate Ligament Deficient
Paulo H. M. Araujo, MD, PhD BRAZIL

Osteoarthritis: Early Signs of Osteoarthritis After ACL-Rupture; A Window of Opportunity For Osteoarthritis Prevention
Duncan E. Meuffels, MD, PhD NETHERLANDS

New Researcher: Hamstring Tendon Autograft versus Quadriceps Tendon Autograft for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Randomised Controlled Trial

Past Winners

2017-2019 ISAKOS Research Grant

Clinical Outcomes: Cluster RCT of Implementation Strategies for ACL Injury Prevention
Robert G. Marx MD, MSc, FRCSC USA

New Researcher: Development of Computer Tablet Software for Quantification of Scapular Motion During Clinical Assessment of Scapular Dyskinesia
Tryfon Totlis MD, PhD GREECE

Osteoarthritis: Comparison of Tissue Engineered Construct (TEC) Derived of Human Stem Cells from Dental Pulp and Synovia on Articular Cartilage Regeneration
Tiago L. Fernandes MD, MSc, PhD BRAZIL

Who Should Apply?

The applicant must be the principal investigator and an Active Member of ISAKOS in good standing. Please see pages 1 and 2 of the ISAKOS Research Grant Policies and Procedures for specific information regarding eligibility requirements.

Important Dates:

Application Available: December 1, 2021 - April 30, 2022
Grant Period: Annual upon receipt of notification
Grant Notification: ISAKOS will notify each applicant by letter/email
Grant Amount: $10,000 - $50,000 depending on Grant Type

Grant Application:

Please print, read and complete the following documents before starting the 2021 ISAKOS Research Grants online application.

  • Application Instructions PDF
  • Policies and Procedures PDF
  • Form 1: Research Plan Word Doc
  • Form 2: Performance Sites & Resources Word Doc
  • Form 3: Key Personnel Word Doc
  • Form 4: Biographical Sketch for Key Personnel Word Doc
  • Form 5: Detailed Budget & Justification Word Doc
  • Form 6: Other Support Word Doc


Please contact the Grants Administrator at the ISAKOS office
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Supported in part by an educational grant from contributing sponsor: Smith+Nephew

International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

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Danville, CA, USA 94526
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