The AAOS Registry Analytics Institute® Application Process

To participate in data analysis collaboration through the AAOS Registry Analytics Institute® (RAI), please fill out the web-based RAI Application or email a completed PDF Application along with a current CV to


Analyses requests are open to investigators who have a well-defined hypothesis or question related to orthopaedics or musculoskeletal care. For this initiative, “investigators” are clinicians or clinician-scientists affiliated with a clinical practice or care setting. Representatives from industry, federal agencies, commercial entities, insurance companies, administrative databases, or hospital consortia are not eligible.

Request Process

The application process has two phases. The first phase is conducted immediately after applicants submit an application for AAOS staff to review for completeness and feasibility. If an application passes this phase, then the appropriate AAOS committees review the application content for statistical relevance and theoretical uniqueness. If the application is approved, the applicants will be notified and the study will be queued for analysis to commence. The upcoming application cycle dates are available below.

Applications can be submitted until 7:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on the day of the deadline. Submissions received after the deadline will be deferred to the next review cycle. When an application is submitted, the proposed project enters the AAOS Analyses Request and Publications pipeline, and proceeds along the process shown below. Analyses for all applications will be completed and sent back to the submitter within a year of application approval. AAOS staff will try and accommodate abstract deadlines and urge submitters to apply as soon as possible to increase the likelihood of achieving desired timelines.


Application Review, Summary Flow Chart

Available Data

The Registry Program collects data related to procedures and post-operative care. Depending on the data insight request, your analyses maybe limited to a ≥65 years of age population. View an overview of AJRR data elements.

Data Analysis

Approved projects will work with the AAOS Registry Analytics team to develop an analysis plan and timeline. At the completion of the project, investigators will receive a completed, de-identified analysis.

Funding Award

The RAI provides eligible applicants with funding to support approved RAI projects. Funds are intended for use towards travel related expenses and registration to supported conferences for presentation of their RAI project. Awards are based upon merit and funding availability. 

Conferences must be a meeting with scientific merit, Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit, and a focus on arthroplasty. Funding is limited to a maximum of $3,500 per project.

Funding is available to eligible individuals and organizations (excludes representatives from industry). Those interested in applying need to identify their request in their application. Individual applicants must be United States residents. In accordance with the publication policy, the appropriate AAOS committee has final approval regarding funding. To ensure conference criteria are met, at least two weeks prior to submission of an abstract, award recipients must submit conference details to AAOS for final approval (sent to All travel will follow AAOS travel reimbursement guidelines.


See a list of papers and presentations based off RAI completed applications.