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Discovery Fund Pilot

The Center for Musculoskeletal Research is soliciting requests to support novel ideas in basic or clinical musculoskeletal research. We seek proposals that may include technological advances, exploratory and preliminary lines of research or innovative experiments that may lead to transformative outcomes.


All members of the Center for Musculoskeletal Research are eligible to submit ideas. This includes both basic and clinical investigators.

Award Amount & Timing

Awards will be approximately $5,000. Rapid evaluation of ideas and distribution of funds will be made. There is no due date. Proposals will be received and awarded in a rolling timeframe.

Proposal Format

One page description of the idea or technology. Preliminary data are not required but will be accepted. An estimated budget is required. Funds may not be used to support faculty or technical salaries.


Email copies of the proposal to:

  • Edward Puzas, Ph.D. (,
  • Judy Baumhauer M.D. (, and
  • Tiffany Totman (

Include the words “Discovery Fund” in the subject line.