The PSF Research Grant and Fellowship Programs

    Through its main funding programs, The PSF supports investigators from the beginning of their careers, during residency on up to well-established plastic surgeons.

    Application Deadline: December 1, 2015 (Application Period Now Closed)

    ASE/PSF Combined Research Grant

    The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF) and the Association for Surgical Education (ASE) recognize the importance of fostering the development of surgeon scientists that yield improvements in patient care in surgery. The ASE/PSF Combined Research Grant is intended to fund a research project that will advance the scientific knowledge and aim to develop and validate new methods of surgical care.
    Learn More About ASE/PSF Combined Research Grant >

    Combined Pilot Research Grants

    The PSF, along with the AAHS, AAPS, ACAPS, ASMS, ASPN, ASRM, and PSRC recognize the importance of promoting innovative research in hand surgery, academic plastic surgery related to research, peripheral nerve research, microsurgery, and stimulating fundamental research in plastic surgery. Together, these subspecialty organizations are dedicated to fostering the development of surgeon scientists and are committed to increasing the amount of research dollars, in order to fund pilot research studies that set the stage for investigators to apply to larger funding agencies.
    Learn More About Combined Pilot Research Grants >

    Pilot Research Grant

    The PSF Pilot Research Grant (PRG) is intended to foster plastic surgery innovation in the areas of basic science, clinical outcomes and translational research. These grants provide seed funding which is intended to allow investigators to begin work on preliminary research projects related to the plastic surgery sciences. Projects that are a prelude to the NIH or other external funding agencies are encouraged.
    Learn More About the Pilot Research Grant >

    National Endowment for Plastic Surgery Grant

    The National Endowment (NEPS) for Plastic Surgery Research Grant is intended to support research projects which address clinically relevant, immediate or emerging issues facing the practice of plastic surgery. Applications must address a topic of importance to the current clinical practice of plastic surgery.
    Learn More About the National Endowment for Plastic Surgery Grant >

    Research Fellowship Grants

    The purpose of the Research Fellowship (RF) Grant is to encourage research and academic career development for plastic surgery residents and junior faculty. The Research Fellowship is intended to supplement salary for one year during a mentored research experience.
    Learn More About Research Fellowship Grants >

    The PSF/MTF Dermal Tissue Grant

    The Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) and The PSF will offer research grants to investigators studying dermal allograft tissue transplantation. These grants are intended to provide support to research projects focused on dermal allografts, transplant science, biologic reconstruction of tissues using grafts derived from dermal tissues.
    Learn More About The PSF/MTF Dermal Tissue Grant >  

    Grant Topics Evaluated in 2015

    In 2015, grant applications requested a total over $3.9 million dollars. The PSF Study Section subcommittees of Basic & Translational Research and Clinical Research evaluated 154 grant applications in the following topics:
    2015 Grant Applications Received by Topic Area

    Learn More About PSF-Funded Research >

    High Priority Research Areas

    The PSF has identified the following high-priority research areas in plastic surgery:

    • Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
    • Stem cell biology
    • Fat grafting and adipose matrices
    • Allograft dermis/epidermis for wound healing
    • Vascularized composite allograft
    • Breast reconstruction
    • The use of biologics in breast reconstruction
    • Surgical education
    • Safety, outcomes and health services research studies
    • Comparative effectiveness/cost studies
    • Breast Implants
    • ALCL and Breast Implants


    The Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs to be paid by grants awarded by The PSF.