Department of Defense (US) Funding Pre-Announcement: Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Award 2017

This program aims to support research that evaluates the comparative effectiveness of orthotic and prosthetic clinical interventions using patient-centric outcomes for Service members and Veterans who have undergone limb amputation. The information released in this pre-announcement is provided to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications.

The following focus areas for the fiscal year 2017 is as follows:

  • Orthotic or Prosthetic Device Form: Analysis of variables related to currently available clinical options such as, but not limited to, device size, shape, material, and configuration.
  • Orthotic or Prosthetic Device Fit: Analysis of currently available clinical options that facilitate device fit-related characteristics such as comfort and usability through variables such as human-device interface and component connection.
  • Orthotic or Prosthetic Device Function: Analysis of the variables related to currently available clinical options such as device control, passive response, active/actuated response, power, sensors, overall performance with respect to activities of daily living and other real-world activities.

Funding will be awarded across two levels:

Funding Level 1/New Investigators

May support pilot research or research that is already supported by preliminary data and has the potential to make significant advancements toward clinical translation.

Award Amount & Duration

  • Maximum funding of US $500,000 (approx AUD $630,000) for total costs.
  • Maximum period of performance is 3 years.


  • Are within 5 years of their last training position.
  • Are able to demonstrate the freedom to pursue research goals outside of a formal mentorship program or arrangement.
  • Can provide evidence of organizational support, such as start-up funds provided by the institution and/or use of a technician, space, facilities, and resources.
  • PIs working within a laboratory team are eligible to apply for this award, provided they meet the criteria above.
  • Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are not eligible for this award.

Funding Level 2

This option is supported by preliminary data and has the potential to make significant advancement towards clinical translation.

The OPORA is focused on outcomes-based best practices through analysis of the merits of prosthetic and orthotic device options currently available, not on the development of new, or the improvement of existing, technology. The intent of the award is to generate clinically useful evidence that will enhance and optimize patient outcomes.

Animal studies are not allowed.

Award Amount & Duration

  • Maximum funding of US $2.5M for total costs (approx AUD $ 3.15M)
  • Maximum period of performance is 4 years


Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent) are eligible to submit applications.

Submission Requirements & Due Dates

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