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The Stepping Strong Breakthrough Award provides follow-on funding to previous Innovator Award recipients who have demonstrably met the aims of their Innovator Award-funded project. Each year, the center accepts applications from awardees from the previous three years who seek additional funds to advance their research to the stage where they can compete for larger grants from government and private sources.

Stepping Strong Center leadership works closely with Breakthrough Awards recipients to provide them with strategic guidance, access to the Stepping Strong Center network, and assistance promoting their work.

2023 Breakthrough Award Recipient

Nakul Raykar, MD, MPH

The Local Initiative For Emergency Blood (LIFE-Blood) Study: Civilian Walking Blood Banks for Hemorrhagic Shock When Stored Blood is Unavailable

2022 Breakthrough Award Recipient
Shailesh Agarwal, MD

Shailesh Agarwal, MD

A closed-loop, durable adipocyte cell therapy to prevent heterotopic ossification

2021 Breakthrough Award Recipient
Marc Wein, MD, PhD

Marc Wein, MD, PhD

Stimulating fracture healing by blocking salt inducible kinase

2020 Breakthrough Award Recipients
Omid C. Farokhzad, MD, MBA

Omid C. Farokhzad, MD, MBA

Using Multifunctional Scaffolds to Promote Bacterial-Free Bone Healing and Regeneration

Natalie Artzi, PhD

Natalie Artzi, PhD

Healing infected bones: Advanced technology for treating posttraumatic osteomyelitis

Bohdan Pomahac, MD

An Ultraportable Device for Rescuing Limbs

Su Ryon Shin, PhD

Su Ryon Shin, PhD

Using connective tissue biomaterials to improve muscle regeneration

2019 Breakthrough Award Recipient

Reza Abdi, MD

Improving the Care of Patients With Severe Burn Injuries

2018 Breakthrough Award Recipients

Eric Goralnick, MD

Developing Common Standards for Disaster Medicine

Indranil Sinha, MD

Direct Scaffold Printing

2017 Breakthrough Award Recipient

Matthew J. Carty, MD

The Ewing Amputation

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