The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA), working in conjunction with the Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Learning and Outcomes/Evidence-Based Practice (COPL), announced a request for 2014-2015 pilot grant proposals for one-time grants in amounts up to $15,000 in eight potential areas of O&P research including an open topic. The proposal submission deadline is April 30, 2014.
AOPA said it is interested in funding original pilot research that will lead to larger trials that may qualify for government or other research funding support in the following areas:
- Microprocessor knee: Stumble recovery benefit for nonvariable cadence ambulators, and does restricted access for K1 and K2 to hydraulic controls adversely impact patient safety?
- Validity of energy-storing feet: Transtibial/transfemoral, clinical appropriateness and efficacy of dynamic response feet for K3 patients, and defining appropriate levels of variable cadence.
- TLSO/LSO: Utilization and comparative effectiveness of TLSOs/LSOs, pre- and post-operative use, efficacy of custom versus off-the-shelf (OTS) TLSOs/LSOs relating to clinical outcome, analyses of providers’ credential.
- Socket Interface: Methods for measuring proper socket fit and alignment.
- Vacuum-assisted socket suspension systems.
- AFO/KAFO: Utilization and comparative effectiveness of custom versus OTS AFOs and KAFOs. Investigation and analyses of patients who receive custom orthoses subsequent to OTS AFO fittings.
- L-0631 bracing: Performance and outcomes data that differentiate patient results from what could be achieved with an OTS orthosis that is provided without any fitting, trimming, or clinical care.
- Open Topics: Beyond the above priorities, top-quality clinical O&P research topics will be considered.
AOPA and COPL said preference will be given to grants that address evidence-based O&P clinical application. The study must be completed within one year of the date of the award.
For more information and submission details, read AOPA’s Opportunities for Clinical O&P Research Support, Bid Number EBP-043014.