OTA 2023 Fundraising Initiatives



OTA’s Research Strategic Goal is to define orthopaedic trauma research needs and priorities and establish independent funding mechanisms that foster a high quality, innovative portfolio of research projects to address those needs and advance orthopaedic trauma care.

OTA offers the following grants: Resident Research Grants, Full Research Grants, International Grants, Young Investigators Grants, Collaborative Grants with partner organizations and Direct Topic Research Grants sponsored by Industry Partners. All research grant applications are reviewed by the OTA Research Committee, and upon committee recommendation, are approved by the OTA Board of Directors.

OTA cumulative grant funding: 1990 – 2022

  • 466 OTA research grants awarded totaling over $13.5 million dollars
  • 736 presentations
  • 340 publications
  • More than $77.5 million dollars of additional grant have been awarded to studies that began as OTA funded research studies.

Please consider supporting one of OTA’s highest priorities and make a donation towards funding orthopaedic trauma research projects to advance the treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal injury.

Make Your Donation in Support of the Research and Education Fund


Global Outreach is a main focus of the OTA Strategic Plan: Position OTA as the primary global resource for orthopaedic trauma care through international collaboration while advocating for global trauma care and humanitarian assistance. There is an immense global burden of trauma care and the World Health Organization (WHO) reports more than 90% of global deaths from injuries occur in low-and middle-income countries. The Humanitarian Committee continues to decrease barriers to membership and has reduced annual member dues to $10/year. This low-cost membership allows access to LMIC focused online content, mentorship programs, regional online courses, access to the new OTA Online Textbook and Discussion Forum Community, and a $25 registration fee to attend the OTA Annual Meeting.

Your contribution helps provide surgeons in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) access to OTA online resources to further and expand their training programs. With numerous travel restrictions, online educational platforms will bridge the “knowledge gap” and continue OTA’s commitment as a global leader in trauma education to LMIC.

Make Your Donation in Support of Humanitarian Outreach


In 2018, the OTA Humanitarian Committee raised awareness and donations to support the annual OTA Humanitarian Scholarship Fund. Since its inception, OTA has awarded scholarships to surgeons from Nepal, Philippines, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda to attend the OTA Annual Meeting and participate in observership programs. Each scholarship winner is provided funds to cover international airfare, OTA Annual Meeting registration fees, hotel accommodations, daily per diem, and travel to their selected observership site. 

Scholarships are awarded to eligible orthopaedic surgeons from low- and middle-income countries (classified by the World Bank). These scholarships are merit based, ranked on their potential contribution to the development of orthopaedic care in their home country, and will be awarded to the primary author of the winning abstracts submitted to OTA. Click here for more information about the OTA Humanitarian Scholarship initiative and to learn about previous OTA Humanitarian Scholarship award winners.

Make Your Donation in Support of Humanitarian Scholarships


The OTA has a high regard for our military orthopaedic surgeons as well as their continuing medical education and the OTA Annual Meeting offers significant educational benefits to our attending military orthopaedic surgeons. However, the reduction of federal funding in 2016 significantly reduced the level of continuing medical education support for active military orthopaedic surgeons. 

Over the past 7 years, OTA has raised more than $23,000 in donations from our members which has supported 72 Military Scholarships awards.

Your annual support will continue to provide OTA Military Orthopaedic Surgeons the opportunity to attend the OTA Annual Meeting, participate in educational courses, and ensure quality in the delivery of care for the orthopaedic trauma patient.

Please make your contribution today.

Make Your Donation in Support of Military Scholarships

RESIDENT Research Fund

Among the highest of priorities for the OTA is orthopaedic trauma research funding. The OTA funds trauma-related research projects to advance the treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal injury.

Residents can apply for up to $20,000 funding for clinical or basic research projects. All research grant applications are reviewed by the OTA Research Committee, and upon committee recommendation, are approved by the OTA Board of Directors.

Since 2006, with the support of member donations and industry partners, OTA has awarded 225 Resident Research Grants totaling $3,078,529.

Your contribution demonstrates a commitment and passion towards supporting OTA’s vision to be the authoritative resource for research, education, and treatment of injuries to improve a patient’s quality of life.  

Click here to learn more about some of the OTA Resident Research Grant Awardees and how your support has made an impact on their careers.

Make Your Donation to Support Resident Research

Moral Injury, Advocacy and member well-being

The OTA Board of Directors believes the topic of physician wellness and moral injury to be of high importance, and it remains a focus area of our strategic plan. In 2021, the OTA appointed a Moral Injury, Advocacy and Member Well-Being Task Force that has complied a webpage providing self-assessment tools and resources.

This webpage and various links are available to provide a short introduction to the foundational ideas and concepts of physician wellness and its relation of burnout/moral injury.  The goal is to share this information and ideas to help stimulate more learning on these subjects, make it easier for all of us to talk and discuss our own wellness and each other’s wellness and to break down the stigma of talking about these subjects.

Please consider making a donation the Moral Injury, Advocacy and Member Well-Being Task Force Initiative so they may continue their work providing and expanding physician wellness resources. We encourage any members who have not yet taken the time to complete a self-assessment to do so.

Make Your Donation to Support Moral Injury, Advocacy and Member Well-Being


The Center for Orthopaedic Trauma Advancement (COTA) was established in 2009 to serve as a non-conflicted intermediary to distribute support for fellowships and postgraduate education from unrestricted grants donated by Industry Partners.

Each year, COTA raises funds to provide support for orthopaedic trauma fellowships in the United States.

The COTA board has established a committee to review applications and distribute grants. Grants will range between $2,000 and $75,000 and will be awarded annually based upon the program application in the first year, and then the program application and report of the graduating fellow in subsequent years.

Since its inception in 2009, COTA has awarded more than $12,000,000 in fellowship funding to trauma fellowship programs. The COTA Board of Directors decides the number of orthopaedic trauma fellowships awarded based upon the Industry Partner and individual donations received each year. Funding will be determined on the quality of the fellowship program and is expected to be a competitive process.

In an effort to support the increasing numbers of qualified fellowship programs, COTA seeks additional financial support.

Click here to learn more about the Center for Orthopaedic Trauma Advancement’s Board of Directors, By-laws, and Policies, or to see the 2022-2023 Fellowship Program Award winners, Industry Partner donors, criteria and instructions for Fellowship Programs.

Please consider donating to COTA and the continued education of future orthopaedic traumatologists.

Make Your Donation to the Center for Orthopaedic Trauma Advancement (COTA)


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