The Aircast Foundation

Our Mission
The Aircast Foundation is dedicated to the advancement and science of prevention, healing and rehabilitation in Orthopedics.

The Aircast Foundation is a private foundation established in 1996 by Glenn Johnson, pioneer of the Aircast. The Foundation has been committed to promoting and supporting excellence in scientific and clinical research and education in the area of orthopaedic medicine.

Improving Medical Outcomes
The Aircast Foundation focuses on optimizing function and improving medical outcomes with emphasis on research that exhibits creative and innovative solutions to complex medical problems.

Research Grants
The Aircast Foundation encourages applications from young investigators and issues grants typically twice a year. Preference will be given to principal investigators who have not received NIH grant support in their current field of investigation.

The Aircast Foundation Grant Research Agreements

Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF)Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF). In 2015, The Aircast Foundation (TAF) and OREF entered into a Collaboration Agreement TAF has since funded multiple research grants selected through OREF’s grant application peer review process. As part of this multi-year commitment (since updated), TAF already has funded 32 OREF Resident Research Grants, has committed to fund at least 24 more over several years and is a participating funder of two OREF research agenda programs: the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Youth Sport Injuries Grant program honoring Dr. James Andrews; and the Soft Tissue Repair and Regenerations Sports Medicine Grant program honoring Dr. Russell Warren. In 2017 TAF funded a TAF named grant for Innovative Accelerated Protocols for Rehabilitation of Orthopedic Injuries. Also in 2017 TAF and AAOS entered into a $1,000,000 Aircast Foundation-AA0S Research Endowment, whereby TAF committed to fund $100,000 annually commencing in 2018.

In addition to funding grant applications selected through OREF”S peer review process, under the Collaboration Agreement, applications received directly via the TAF site may be funded by TAF and administered by OREF. Information about OREF’s grant program can be found at:



American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine - AOSSMAOSSM (American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine). In 2016 TAF and AOSSM entered into a Collaboration Agreement wherein TAF and AOSSM would jointly sponsor peer reviewed grants under the general heading “Return to Play” and relating to clinical outcomes in biomechanics or sports injury variables. This was a major topic at the AOSSM 2017 annual meeting in Toronto. TAF agreed to fund $150,000 over a three year period commencing in 2017. In 2017 TAF and AOSSM entered into the TAF-AOSSM Research Endowment, whereby TAF has committed to fund $1,000,000 at $100,000 annually, commencing in 2018.

Information about AOSSM’s research programs can be found at:
under the heading Research.



Orthopaedic Trauma AssociationOTA (Orthopaedic Trauma Association). The Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) is the largest U.S. organization devoted to the care of injured patients through scientific forums, musculoskeletal research and education.

In 2017, TAF & OTA entered into a collaboration, where TAF and OTA sponsored a two year grant for Treatment & Prevention of post-traumatic arthritis after articular fractures.

In 2018 TAF and OTA updated the collaboration agreement whereby TAF committed to fund an additional $150,000 in grants ($50,000 per year, commencing in 2020).

Information about OTA’s research programs can be found at:

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