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 Collaboration 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 wherein TAF agreed to fund multiple research grants selected through OREF’s grant application peer review process. As part of this multi-year commitment, TAF has already funded 16 OREF Resident Research Grants and is a participating funder of two OREF research agenda programs: the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Youth Sports Injuries Grant program honoring Dr. James Andrews, and the Soft Tissue Repair and Regeneration Sports Medicine Grant program honoring Dr. Russell Warren. 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 will be a major topic at the AOSSM 2017 annual meeting in Toronto. TAF has agreed to fund $50,000 per year over a three year period commencing in 2017.
Information about AOSSM’s research programs can be found at:
under the heading Research.

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