Strategy Fund

Created in 2013 to invest in strategically important new initiatives, the Strategy Fund has supported more than 30 projects.

The focus is on:

  • Clinical tools and technologies for any element of the entire patient journey in musculoskeletal disorders, from diagnosis to post-operative care; or
  • Educational tools, platforms or channels for lifelong training of surgeons

Project proposals are evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Strategic impact on the AO mission
  • Degree of innovation
  • Feasibility
  • Sustainability after seed funds

Bring your idea to life!

New project proposals will be accepted between May 1 and August 31

Please refer to the AO's Technology Transfer webpage

Thank you

Anyone can apply  

Read the FAQ and if you still have questions, the team is here to help!

  • Key achievements
  • Key partnerships
  • Governance

    The AO Foundation Board governs the strategy fund resources, through a committee comprised by the following members: Neal Futran (Chair – CMF surgeon), Erik Asimus (VET surgeon) and Jeffrey Wang (AOFB representative – Spine surgeon). AO President Florian Gebhard (Trauma surgeon) is a permanent guest.


Leveraging artificial intelligence to improve patient care

AO's Clinical Study Hub

Designed as one large prospective clinical project consisting of multiple ongoing sub-projects (trials)

Flexible, 3D Printed Fracture Models

For improved and realistic surgeon education   

Integrated navigation and robotics systems

Robot-assisted technology to revolutionize sacroiliac luxation/fracture reduction and fixation


A new, interactive, virtual osteosynthesis software tool and learning platform

Digitally Enhanced Hands-on Surgical Training

A new generation of hybrid surgical training tools

Early Rehabilitation During Disasters and Conflicts

Improving emergency care by providing key knowledge

Limb surgery in disasters and conflicts

Collaboration yields easy-to-read guide to managing limb injuries

AO Surgery Reference-Pediatric Trauma (AOSR-PT)

The world’s first comprehensive pediatric surgery reference is now available

Reducing amputations in children in Ghana

Training traditional bonesetters with pediatric fracture management knowledge

Strengthening Preclinical Research

Getting funding to explore breakthrough surgical procedures, devices and substances that improve patient care can be difficult enough, and the challenge becomes even more daunting when the subject is improving research methodology.

AO Mobility Toolkit

This new could system could become standard in large, multicenter research trials

AO Interact

Learn about the interactive peer review and discussion platform for surgeons

AO Smart Socks

Innovating the rehabilitation of patients with pelvis and lower extremity fractures

Evaluation of Faculty Education Program

Fortifying education, a key pillar of the AO

Generic Asian Pelvic Bone Model

First evidence-based Asian pelvic bone model now in production

Pro-C: AO Trauma’s Proficiency Curriculum

Providing reliable metrics to assess trainees’ performance of practical tasks

Virtual Surgical Simulation Trainer

The most advanced tools to support surgical education

Generations Survey at the AO Foundation

A multilingual survey—covering three generations of AO Trauma members in AO Foundation’s five global regions—will examine how attitudes, work habits and behaviors could differ across the generations. The findings of this survey will serve as a cornerstone for shaping the organization’s strategy

AO VET North America Marketing Initiative

AO VET North America (AOVETNA) is demonstrating its relevance to key veterinary orthopedic organizations in North America and showcasing itself as the region’s primary source of veterinary orthopedic continuing medical education and recertification.

Play Safe with Sisimpur

An AO Foundation employee had an idea that they brought to the AO Strategy Fund for funding: why not develop educational content to prevent traumatic injuries in children in low- and middle-income countries? This could be achieved using the vehicle of one of the world's foremost leaders in...

AO Archive and History

The AO, founded in 1958, has a long and proud history, having changed the world for the better for millions of patients with the standardization of internal fracture fixation.