OPERF | Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation

OPERF Mission

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) was established to raise the standards of education and research in the O&P profession. Practicing O&P professionals founded the organization to meet the ever-changing needs of the field.

OPERF will award grants to promote research in the profession with the goal of providing the best possible care to patients in need of O&P care. The Foundation will also assist students currently attending or entering O&P education programs by providing competitive grants and awards as they pursue careers as O&P professionals, faculty or researchers in the field.

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OPERF Announces Carlton Fillauer Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Prosthetics Science and Practice

The first $5,000 award will be presented during the 2014 Academy Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) is honored to announce the establishment of the Carlton Fillauer Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Prosthetics Science and Practice. This award, sponsored by the Fillauer Companies Inc., will recognize prosthetists who have actively engaged in clinical care, research, and publication. The $5,000 unrestricted cash prize will be presented biennially. See the Fillauer Prize webpage for details and application instructions.

2014 OPERF Research Awards Announced

The Orthotics and Prosthetics Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) is now soliciting applications for the 2014 OPERF Award Program. The Award Program, now in its fifth year, is intended to encourage and stimulate research at all levels in the orthotics and prosthetics (O&P) profession. Thanks to generous donations, up to $37,000 in research awards are being offered in 2014. Awards ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 are now available. For details go to the Research Awards webpage.


OPERF has launched the OPERF Student Challenge, an opportunity for students to collaborate, create, and organize fundraising activities to contribute to the profession's educational growth. Participating CAAHEP-accredited O&P programs will compete to raise the highest amount of funds to donate to OPERF. The Academy has graciously offered to match any challenge donations up to $500 per school. The school that wins the OPERF Student Challenge will be announced by the OPERF chair at the Academy Annual Meeting.

Students will be tasked with organizing and implementing fundraising activities at their schools. Those interested in leading these efforts should contact their program director to be put in touch with the faculty representative for the challenge. In its first year, the challenge will begin in September with a limited number of schools participating. Thereafter, the challenge will begin on February 1 and conclude on January 31 of the following calendar year.