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
- 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.
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.
AO's Clinical Study Hub
Designed as one large prospective clinical project consisting of multiple ongoing sub-projects (trials)
Integrated navigation and robotics systems
Robot-assisted technology to revolutionize sacroiliac luxation/fracture reduction and fixation
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 Smart Socks
Innovating the rehabilitation of patients with pelvis and lower extremity fractures
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
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.