Micro Grants

The objective of the POSNA Micro Grant Program is to advance musculoskeletal care for children and adolescents through education, research, quality, safety and value initiatives, advocacy, and global outreach to children in underserved areas.

The program is dedicated to promoting the diversity of its membership to encourage members who don't typically receive major POSNA research awards to advance their creative ideas. Grants are for $1,000 or less, are a one-time award, and are awarded twice a year using OREF selection criteria by the Micro Grants Selection Committee.

Period of Grant

Each grant will be for one year, with a start date being the announcement of the selection. With some exceptions for a project that needs to run for more than one year and may need additional funding for successful completion, will need to be renewed and go through the same review process as a first-time application.

Eligibility

All dues paying POSNA members in good standing are eligible for a micro grant. Although a micro grant may have several POSNA members associated with the project, each project is required to have one principle investigator/project leader who is a POSNA member in good standing.

Suggested Projects for Funding

  • Funding for a surgeon observership from a COUR country
  • Supporting a resident or student to do research or travel on a medical mission
  • Projects from smaller institutions that don't get larger POSNA grants
  • Nontraditional grants not necessarily for research-educational ideas, advocacy, QSVI
 
  • Outside the box ideas: start-up funding for a creative research project, pilot research project, proof of concept research to generate power analysis, statistical assistance for a research project, supplies to explore a new idea, assistance with creating an educational video for POSNAcademy, or other development of a creative idea

Number of Grants

A total of 10 grants are available for calendar year 2017, maximum $1,000 per grant.

Funding Cycle

Applications will be accepted twice a year, with the deadlines to be set each year. Grant winners for the Winter/Spring cycle will be announcmed at the Annual Meeting and Fall/Summer cycle winners will be announced at the the Fall Board of Directors meeting.

2017 Deadlines:

Winter/Spring cycle: March 1, 2017
Summer/Fall cycle: August 1, 2017

Outcome and Final Report

Final report of the selected project is due to the Task Force one year after announcement of its selection. Final report is a one-page narrative that can be in abstract format. Unused money will be returned to POSNA. It's encouraged to present the project to POSNA (website, Annual Meeting presentation, poster, e-Poster, POSNA eNewsletter, or JPO).

The project should have at least one major outcome measure of success identified at the start of the project and addressed at the completion. POSNA will track success of each project, based on acceptance for publication, further grant support, or other outcome measure identified in the project report.