$100K Two-Year Clinical Grant

In 2016, the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand committed to offering a $100,000 two-year clinical grant program with a rotating topic of interest, every two years.  Our goal is to provide opportunities for clinical investigators to explore specific areas of interest in the field of hand and upper extremity surgery. In 2018, the AFSH seeks applications that consider a multi-center study design that uses human subjects to validate Quality Healthcare Assessments in Hand Surgery. Study proposals using population data sets will be considered.

The maximum amount of the award is $100,000.  The award may not be used to cover indirect costs or institutional overhead.  The initial installment of $50,000 will be awarded at the start of the grant period and the final $50,000 is disbursed after the first progress report has been reviewed and approved by the ASSH Research Division Director.

2018 Grant Application period is now closed.  Please check back in late 2019 for details about the 2020 grant application. 

Clinical Grant Topic Schedule

    • 2016 – Nerve (closed)
    • 2018 – Quality Healthcare Assessment in Hand Surgery (closed)
    • 2020 – Arthritis (application will open in fall of 2019)
    • 2022 - Hand and Upper Limb Trauma


    • Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI must be an ASSH Active Member. Note - Candidate Members and International Members are not eligible for this grant mechanism.
    • PhD researchers with an ASSH Active Member sponsor may also apply.
    • Application and supplementary materials must be received by June 1.
    • PI may only submit one application for consideration.


Please have the following materials ready for your online application:

    1. NIH-style R01 grant application
    2. Letter of support from Department Chair or Division Head
    3. Letter of support from ASSH Active Member sponsor (if PI or a PhD researcher and not an ASSH Active Member)
    4. Institutional Review Board (IRB) documentation
    5. Headshot, suitable for application (to be used if selected as award recipient)

For questions contact the AFSH at [email protected]The application period for the 2018 grant has closed at this time.


    • 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 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.
    • 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.
    • A financial report and updated budget is required as part of the one-year progress report.
    • 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.
    • All publications and presentations must indicate 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.

Award Selection

    • A maximum of one (1) qualified applicant will be selected for each two-year grant cycle.  
    • Awardee start date is October 1 of the respective grant year.  Applicants will be notified in August. 

Past Recipients

2016-2018 "Nerve" Grant
Sameer B. Shah, PhD
Impact of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Diabetes on Nerve Structure