The Academy's mission includes the support and coordination of Research in the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics. To accomplish this mission the Academy has a Research Council, has supported the creation of the independent Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF), and works with entities currently doing research in the field. Through the grant received from the Department of Education the Academy has also worked on numerous research projects including development of multiple State of the Science Conferences.