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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. The application cycle is now closed.


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. 

Related OI Foundation Policies

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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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