Resident and Fellow Fast Track Grants

The deadline to apply for a 2018 Fast Track grant is August 27, 2018.

This research opportunity is designed specifically for residents and fellows, offering a small amount of funding to seed innovative projects related to hand surgery. The scope of the project is smaller, and the time to funding is faster than the traditional AFSH basic science and clinical research grants.

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 Fast Track Grants

 These grants function similarly to the NIH Small Research Grant Program (R03). The R03 grant mechanism supports small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources.  Learn more about the NIH Small Grant Program (R03).


  • Pilot or feasibility studies
  • Secondary analysis of existing data
  • Small, self-contained research projects
  • Development of research methodology
  • Development of new research technology

All proposals relating to any hand/upper limb project will be considered if eligibility requirements are met.

2018 Special Emphasis Notice
The AFSH seeks to award a Special Emphasis grant in the following areas: opioid education/pain management strategy, simulation/novel training models, Touching Hands Project/outcomes research.  Designated funding is available for the 2018 fast track grant cycle, and projects within these subject areas will receive special attention by the Research Management Committee. 

Additionally, special funding is available this year from the AFSH Linscheid-Dobyns Excellence in Wrist Research fund.  Projects related to wrist topics will be eligible to receive a named Lindscheid-Dobyns Fast Track Research Grant.

2018 Special Emphasis Areas:

  • Opioid education for patients, surgeons and/or the development of protocols to study pain management strategies.
  • Hand/upper limb education with high consideration given to simulation or competency-guided training, Maintenance of Certification (MOC), and novel training models.  
  • Touching Hands Project (THP) and Outreach outcomes research to track/report patient outcomes related to THP.  Award may be used towards travel to THP brigade site(s) in U.S. or abroad.  
  • Special funding is also available for wrist projects, in honor of the Linscheid-Dobyns Excellence in Wrist Research fund.

Special emphasis grants will be considered as part of the general pool of resident/fellow fast track grant proposals reviewed this year.  Proposals covering any topic related to hand/upper limb are welcome to apply.


  • Each one-year Fast Track grant will receive a $5,000 award (direct costs only).