Young Investigator Foundation Award

The Young Investigator Foundation Award is a $20,000 two-year research grant intended for research projects led by young investigators that focus on soft tissue repair and reconstruction. This grant is sponsored by the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand and supported by a generous research grant from Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Clinical and basic science grants will be considered for this award. Topics include the healing and repair of soft-tissue conditions including:

  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Tumor
  • Post-traumatic and surgical wound reconstruction
  • Tissue engineering


  • The Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI must be an ASSH Active Member ≤ 5 years to apply. Candidate Members and International Members are not eligible to be a PI for this grant without an Active Member Co-PI.
  • Those listed on the Office of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individual/Entities (OIG LEIE) or the General Services Administration Excluded Parties List System (GSA/EPLS) and the FDA Debarment List are not eligible to apply.
  • Acceptance of this award may trigger reporting under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. Please do not apply if your institution does not allow the accepting of monies that may require open payment reporting.
  • Members of the Research Management Committee cannot are not eligible to apply either as a principal investigator or co-investigator.

How to Apply

Application deadline extended through Sunday, November 11, 2018.

Prior to submitting your application, please be sure your ASSH user record is up-to-date.  Login here.

Please have the following materials ready for your online application (Note: Only one application per PI may be submitted):

  1. NIH-style R03 grant application
  2. Letter of support from Department Chair or Division Head
  3. Institutional Review Board (IRB) documentation.
  4. Headshot suitable for publication (to be used if selected as the award recipient).

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Up to one qualified applicant will be selected. Awardee start date is December 31, 2018. Applicants will be notified in late December.

Applications will be independently reviewed and scored by the ASSH Research Management Committee. Funding recommendations must be approved by the ASSH Council and AFSH Board of Trustees prior to announcement of the winner


The AFSH Young Investigator Foundation Award is a $20,000, two-year grant. The first installment of $10,000 will be awarded at the start of the grant. The second payment will be made after the first-year progress report has been reviewed and accepted. Grant start date is December 31, 2018.


  • Recipient may be asked to present an update at the ASSH Annual Meeting. More information will be made available at the time of acceptance.
  • Progress reports will be due in six-month cycles (May 31 / December 31) for each year of the grant.
  • A financial report and updated budget is required within 60 days of the completion of the grant period.
  • A final report, including a listing of all presentation and publications resulting from the project must be submitted within 12 months after the grant has concluded.
  • All unused funds must be returned to the AFSH.
  • Investigator may request a no-cost grant extension for up to one (1) year after grant’s original end date.
  • Awardee is required to submit the resulting manuscript to the Journal of Hand Surgery (JHS) within one year after the conclusion of the grant. Your submission to the JHS will be carefully considered for publication and both you and the JHS editors will maintain right of publication refusal.
  • All publications and presentations must indicate that the project was supported by the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH).
  • All related publications must be made available to the ASSH for permanent record.
  • Projects that receive further funding from other resources should report back to the ASSH the name and amount of any additional awards.


This grant does not support or promote any specific business or commercial interest of Endo Pharmaceuticals. This grant is to be used for direct research expenses only. Award may not be used for indirect costs of the study, including, meeting registration, travel, or meals. The AFSH is responsible for all decisions regarding the solicitation, selection, and reporting for the Young Investigator Foundation Award.


Contact AFSH at [email protected].

Thank you, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for providing a research grant in support of this award.