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Combined Pilot Research Grants


The PSF, along with the AAHS, AAPPS, AAPS, ACAPS, ASMS, ASPN, ASRM, CSPS and PSRC, recognizes 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.


"The PSF/ASPN combined pilot and PSF fellowship grants have supported my research interest in developing a suitable neural interface for sensorimotor control of neuroprosthetic devices. Furthermore, these grants have allowed me to pursue my academic goals and strengthen my CV as a young surgeon scientist."

Widya Adidharma, MD
University of Michigan
2021 ASPN/PSF Combined Pilot Research Grant Recipient

"This award helped our interdisciplinary group advance a promising technology very quickly, and we are now much closer to readiness for human clinical translation and clinical impact."

Mitchell Pet, MD
Washington University in St. Louis
2021 ASRM/PSF Combined Pilot Research Grant Recipient

"Obtaining preliminary data is critical, but often the least supported by most grant mechanisms. The AAHS/PSF Combined Pilot Research Grant program helps support researchers in plastic surgery to obtain preliminary data and move forward with their new and innovative ideas."

Gwen Hoben, MD, PhD
Medical College of Wisconsin
2019 AAHS/PSF Combined Pilot Research Grant Recipient

Amount & Duration

Up to $10,000 for 1-year pilot projects


The 2024 PSF research grant cycle is NOW CLOSED.

The application deadline was December 1, 2023.