Basic Science Grants

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand  (AFSH) have established grant funding to encourage young investigators to perform basic science research studies.  Our goal is to enable investigators to initiate pilot projects that will lead to subsequent funding from other sources such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The AFSH is committed to excellence in basic science research while maintaining the highest academic integrity and fiscal responsibility.  

Fraser J. Leversedge, MD - Research Division Director

About Basic Science Grants

These grants function similarly to the NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (R21).  The R21 grant mechanism is intended to encourage exploratory/developmental research by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of project development. 


  • Exploratory, novel studies that break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications.
  • High risk high reward studies that may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or result in novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models or applications that will impact biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research.