ASES Grants and Awards


ASES Robert H. Cofield Award

To recognize excellence in scientific research, the ASES will offer an annual award for fellows.  Dr. Cofield’s Award for best scientific paper is given out annually at Fellows Day in San Diego.

Charles S. Neer Award

In 1985, Charles S. Neer, II, MD, created a fund to provide recognition for outstanding clinical investigation contributing to the understanding, care or prevention of injuries to the shoulder and elbow.  Named after its benefactor, this prestigious award has been presented annually since the first Open Meeting of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.  In 1987, the award was expanded to include both clinical and research categories.

The top-graded papers are selected by the Program Committee from the numerous abstracts submitted each year.  The chosen Neer Award manuscripts are then reviewed and graded by the Research Committee to determine the final winners.  The Charles S. Neer Award recipients receive an honorarium and a certificate at the time their papers are presented during the Open Meeting.

ASES Foundation Fellowship Education Grant

Each year the ASESF accepts applications for the ASES Foundation Fellowship Education Grant Program from from ASES-recognized fellowship programs. These funds are graciously provided by Wright Medical and DJO and are used to fund the fellows salary and benefits.

Research Grant

Each year, the society issues call for proposals encouraging new investigators to apply for seed and start-up funding for promising shoulder and elbow research projects. Grants of up to $20,000, for work to be performed over 12-24 months, are considered.  Only orthopaedic surgeons acting as principal investigators are eligible to apply. All applications are reviewed and graded by the ASES Research Committee. In 2015 & 2016 the Board of Directors approved funding for a second grant in the amount of $20,000.  Each year one grant will always be funded. Additional funding, if any, will be determined annually.

Resident Research Award

To recognize excellence in basic science or clinical science domains, the ASES decided to offer an annual award for residents.  Residents will be recognized annually at ASES Specialty Day during the AAOS Annual Meeting.

The top-graded manuscripts will be selected by the Research Committee each year.  ASES will require a cover letter acknowledging the submission, names of the co-authors and senior mentor of the research, as well as the name of the residency program director. The work must be original, performed primarily by the resident who will still be a resident at the time of the ASES Specialty Day. In addition, a letter of support from the residency program director will accompany the submission.  Resident Research Award recipients will have protected time to attend and present the work during the ASES Open Meeting at AAOS Specialty Day. A certificate and an honorarium will be presented to each recipient.

Richard J. Hawkins Award

To recognize excellence in scientific research, the ASES will offer an annual award for fellows. The Hawkins award is given out annually at Fellows Day in San Diego to a paper related to basic science, biomechanics or data collection.