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.


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. Micro Grants should not be used to fund POSNA committee activities.

Micro Grant recipients from the previous cycle are not eligible to apply this grant cycle. Each investigator is limited to two (2) grant proposal submissions per cycle but only one (1) grant will be awarded

Suggested Projects for Funding

  • Funding for a surgeon observership from an under resourced 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 20 grants are available for calendar year 2023, 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 announced at the Annual Meeting and Fall/Summer cycle winners will be announced at the the Fall Board of Directors meeting.

2022-2023 Deadlines:


Outcome and Final Report

Final report and expense report of the selected project is due to the Committee within three months after the grant period ends. Final report is a one to two-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, ePoster, POSNA eNewsletter, or JPOSNA®).

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.