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    The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) will be hosting its Spring 2023 Young Investigators Initiative Workshop on April 14-16, 2023 in Rosemont, IL (near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport).

    The Young Investigator Initiative (YII) is a grant mentoring program that provides early-career investigators with an opportunity to work with experienced and supportive mentors on how to construct a well-founded research proposal and secure funding for basic, translational, or clinical research.

    To date, over 276 participants have successfully obtained over $570 million in grants for nearly 2,000 new musculoskeletal research studies.

    This program focuses upon North America (US and Canada) whose young investigators traditionally compete for NIH and other US funding agency support for their research.

    Apply Online Here:

    Participants consider this program instrumental to their success. They consider the one-on-one mentoring with experienced researchers, the opportunity for inter-disciplinary and peer-to-peer exchange, and collaborations established during workshops indispensable.

    Here is some feedback from a Fall 2022 Young Investigator workshop participant:
    "I had the opportunity to attend the Young Investigators Grant sessions in Chicago in Fall 2022. The sessions were an invaluable experience and I learned skills to develop competitive grants. I appreciate being matched to mentors who are willing to follow my progress even after the sessions are finished.”

    This grant mentoring and career development program is open to promising junior faculty, senior fellows or post-doctoral researchers nominated by their department or division chairs seeking to pursue a career in clinical or basic research. It is also open to senior fellows or residents that are doing research and have a faculty appointment in place or confirmed.

    Basic and clinical investigators, without or with training awards, are invited to apply. The unique aspect of this program is the opportunity for attendees to maintain a relationship with a mentor until their application is funded.

    The Spring 2023 workshop will take place on April 14-16, 2023, in Rosemont, IL (near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport). The deadline to apply for the Spring 2023 workshop is Friday, February 24, 2023.
    Visit for more about the program and detailed application instructions.
    Please share this email with your department, colleagues, and anyone else you feel would benefit from this program.

    If you have any questions about the program, please email

    As a faculty member I may also be contacted if you have any questions - Howard J Hillstrom, PhD, Senior Director, Leon Root Motion Analysis Laboratory, Hospital for Special Surgery: