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 Instructions for Multi-Center Clinical Grant Proposals


Ranjan Gupta MD, Chair – Research Management Committee, Chair
Brent Graham MD, ASSH Research Division Director



Introduction: ASSH & AFSH Commitment to Research

The ASSH and AFSH are committed to excellence in clinical and basic science research.  Hand care professionals, industry, and the public value and respect our unsurpassed support of education and scientific investigation, unquestionable academic integrity and fiscal responsibility.  We are determined to encourage and fund ingenuity and advancement in our profession.

The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH) has established a $100,000 grant award to be made in 2012 for a multi-center clinical trial. An eligible consortium must include at least 3 centers. The trial should begin no later than October 1, 2012. Applications should be made using the grant application located further on this page.

Applicants and Proposals

The selection of the research proposals for funding is made by the Research Management Committee with the approval of the Council of the ASSH and the AFSH Board.  Selection is based on the merits of the proposal using the descriptors of the National Institutes of Health.  Proposals that have already been funded from other sources will not be considered.  Awards are made to universities, medical schools, research institutions, or individuals.  Grants may be used for salaries of technical and professional assistants, purchase of supplies, or minor pieces of equipment.  Grants may not support the personal compensation of investigators, travel or conferences, publication costs, the payment of hospital care for patients under study, the purchase of major pieces of equipment, or any overhead expenses.

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In order to be eligible for the grant, at least one of the investigators must be a member of the ASSH.

Grant proposals of particular interest are prospective randomized studies pertaining to common hand problems such as distal radius fractures, carpal fractures and ligament injuries, arthritis, and flexor tendon repair.

Members of the Research Management Committee are prohibited from applying as investigators or co-investigators. 

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Follow-up Reporting

Investigators receiving grants are expected to make a progress report within 12 months following receipt of funds.  For two-year grants, second-year funds will not be released until the first-year program report is received.  A final report, including a listing of all presentation and publications resulting from the project, must be submitted 24 months after receipt of funds.  All funds not used in the study should be returned to the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand.

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Publication and Further Funding

Awardees are encouraged to submit resulting manuscripts to The Journal of Hand Surgery and to present their work, if possible, at the ASSH Annual meeting.  In the case of publication in any journal, presenting or citing research funding, credit is to be noted by footnote that the project was supported totally or partially by funds from the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand.  It is requested that a reprint of such publications be made available to the ASSH Research Management Committee Chair for permanent record.  Grant applications received from any investigators with delinquent reports will not be reviewed.

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Application Process

Please download the AFSH Research Grant Application:


The grant application mimics the NIH grant format.  Each applicant, funded or unfunded, will receive critiques of the grant from the ASSH Research Management Committee Study Section so that future revisions will be more competitive for extramural funding.  The distribution of funded Basic Science and Clinical Research Grants will be up to the discretion of the Research Management Committee.

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Submission Guidelines

Applications are due to the ASSH Central Office by the close of business on February 1, 2012.  You must email the following:

  • One electronic copy of your application in Word format
  • IRB or IACUC documentation (must provide proof that each site has initiated the approval process)
  • Letter of support from your department chair or division head. The purpose of this letter is to verify that the researcher will have time (as in time away from clinical practice) and enough resources in addition to the grant to complete the project in a timely fashion.

1.  Email one electronic application in Microsoft Word format to:

2.  Supplemental documentation may be provided in PDF format.

Questions? Email or call (847) 384-8300.


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