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Grants Available for Medical Researchers


Michael Geisman Fellowship awards to post-doctoral trainees (that is, those with an MD, DDS, DO, or PhD) who are currently working on projects with clear relevance to OI, or who have projects that will enable them to develop expertise in OI research.

A qualified applicant must hold an MD, DDS, DO, or PhD, and be appointed at the level of a post-doctoral trainee, or equivalent, within an academic institution.  An applicant should have completed their Ph.D. or their clinical training within the past five years.  Fellowship awards provide up to $50,000 per year, which can be used for salary, fringe benefits, and supplies.  Research must be done under the supervision of a mentor with training and experience in Osteogenesis Imperfecta research or research in a related field.  Fellowship awards are for one year; a second year of funding may be approved based upon satisfactory performance during the first year of funding.  Fellowship applications require that the mentor submit a copy of his/her NIH biosketch and a letter of recommendation on behalf of the trainee, which also confirms that the mentor will supervise the trainee’s research.  Fellowship applications also require two additional letters of recommendation from scientists or clinicians who can comment upon the applicant’s training, ability, and potential to develop expertise in OI research. 
Applications available here


Investigator Travel Grant
The OI Foundation also has limited investigator meeting grant funds available to OI scientists wishing to travel to OI related scientific meetings in the United States and in other countries. This program is funded on a rolling basis and each request will be reviewed separately. Those receiving travel grants will be asked to provide a meeting summary to the OI Foundation to be used in various OIF publications. 
Applications will be available in Fall 2016.


Pulmonary Function Research- Request for Applications
The Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation is an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of persons living with OI through education, advocacy, mutual support and research. 

In late 2015 the OI Foundation began a multiple pronged effort to address the issue of the seeming rise in adults with OI experiencing pulmonary complications after and during “routine” medical procedures; experiencing severe pulmonary complications while battling a respiratory illness; and experiencing an increased dependence on supplemental oxygen to help keep lung function at a productive level.  The OI Foundation and a group of dedicated OIF volunteers have raised funds to conduct research into this area.

The Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation is currently seeking applications to conduct research into the cause, diagnosis and/or treatment of compromised pulmonary function in adults with osteogenesis imperfecta.  The OI Foundation is most interested in funding applications that would answer the following questions:

  • How do you best measure true pulmonary function in a person with OI of varying severity
  • How will measurement affect treatment

The grant will be available for one year at $50,000 with the possibility of renewal for a second year.   Applications will be reviewed by a scientific advisory committee that is free of conflict of interest and has relevant and appropriate expertise related to the issue.

Researchers with a doctoral degree (MD, PhD, or equivalent) at any stage of their career in any country are eligible to apply.

Applications are due by December 1, 2016 with a start date of January 1, 2017. 

Application available here


Related OI Foundation Policies

Fellowship Research Gene Patent Policy 

Additional Research Grant Opportunities

USBJI Career Development and Grant Mentoring Program

The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) and Bone and Joint Canada are dedicated to increasing research of musculoskeletal diseases.  The USBJI has developed a grant mentoring program to provide early-career investigators an opportunity to work with experienced researchers in our field to assist them in securing funding and other survival skills required for pursuing an academic career.

This program is open to promising junior faculty, senior fellows or post-doctoral researchers nominated by their department or division chairs. It is also open to senior fellows or residents that are doing research and have a faculty appointment in place or confirmed. Basic and clinical investigators, without or with training awards (including K awards) are invited to apply. Investigators selected to take part in the program attend two workshops, 12-18 months apart, and work with faculty between workshops to develop their grant applications. The next workshop is scheduled to take place April 7-9, 2017 in Rosemont, Illinois (Chicago).  The unique aspect of this program is the opportunity for attendees to maintain a relationship with a mentor until their application is funded. 

Deadline to apply for the Spring 2017 Workshop is January 15, 2017. To apply for this program, please go to their web-site,



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