Research Collaboration

​​The AOFAS Board of Directors supports opportunities for AOFAS members to participate in research initiatives that enhance patient care and improve the quality of foot and ankle orthopaedic research. Please review the guidelines below and complete a Collaborative Research Request Application if you would like to utilize AOFAS resources for your research project.
If you have questions, please contact the AOFAS Executive Office by email at​ or by phone at 800-235-4855 or +1-847-698-4654 (outside US).

​​​​​​​​​Collaborative Research Requests

AOFAS members may request to utilize AOFAS resources to execute research-related projects. Requests will be evaluated by the appropriate AOFAS committee, with recommendations submitted to the AOFAS Research Council for approval on a quarterly basis. Please review the ​Policies and Procedures before submitting your request.

Guidelines for all request types:
  • Requestors must be AOFAS members. IRB approval is required when applicable.
  • Surveys/projects are limited to those related to orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery/healthcare, and should not include information regarding commercial products.
  • Results should be available to AOFAS members by submitting an abstract for presentation at an AOFAS meeting, and manuscript for publication in Foot & Ankle International or Foot & Ankle Orthopaedics.

Request Types

Membership Survey Project Request
Research proposal designs requesting a survey of AOFAS membership. Approved requests will be posted on the AOFAS website, and AOFAS members will be notified on a quarerly basis of new surveys.

Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Outcomes Research Network (OFAR) Research Project Request
Small or large retrospective or prospective projects that intend to use the OFAR research infrastructure/platform as part of study design. These must be subcategorized into those requesting additional AOFAS resources for execution and those that do not require this. Most non-survey studies proposed to this Research Council will fall into this category.

Non-OFAR Collaborative Research Project Request
Large retrospective or prospective studies that are not expected to require the OFAR platform for execution but that are expected to require significant AOFAS resources (personnel time, funding, administrative support, etc).