Clinical 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 clinical 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 clinical research while maintaining the highest academic integrity and fiscal responsibility.  

Fraser J. Leversedge, MD - Research Division Director

Christopher J. Got, MD, Research Management Committee Co-Chair
Sanjeev Kakar, MD, Research Management Committee Co-Chair

About Clinical Research Grants

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


  • Each two-year clinical grant selected will receive a $40,000 award (direct costs only).  
  • $30,000 is awarded at the start of the grant and final $10,000 is disbursed after the six-month progress report has been reviewed and approved by the Research Management Committee.

The deadline to apply for a 2018 Clinical Research grant is April 2, 2018.