AO Development Incubator


AO Development Incubator

The AO Foundation’s AO Development Incubator (AODI) serves to foster valuable ideas that support the AO Foundation’s vision and mission, by supporting inventors financially and intellectually to build and execute project plans towards a proof of concept (PoC).
AODI projects can originate from anyone within or from outside the AO Foundation.

AO's innovation landscape

The AO Foundation, capitalizing on its 60-year history of innovation, recently created a variety of innovation initiatives. These serve to complement the current AO initiatives, and open pathways to new ideas:

The AOTK System—the unique point of reference for all technological advancements developed with the AO's industrial partners.

AO Strategy Fundsupports a range of projects aimed at developing new services and technologies for unmet needs.​

AO Invest​—invests in start-ups that make a significant contribution to advancing patient care in orthopedic and trauma surgery.

AODI—supports inventors in securing IP and reaching PoC valorization.​​​


Call for Proposals

Call for Applications

The second call for proposals is open!

Download the application form below to submit your idea for an innovation that advances the treatment of trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.

The deadline to submit a proposal for funding is November 15, 2017.

The application form must be returned before the deadline to incubator@aofoundation.org​ with all relevant documents.


How AODI supports inventors​

Financial support

Funding is granted by an independent board​, which approves proposals and consults widely with experts in the relevant fields. 

Intellectual support
Once approved for funding, the AODI partners with i​nventors to:

• Securing Intellectual Property (IP)
• Developing a proof of concept
• Planning the proof of concept valorization​

Process AODI 

How to apply​

The AODI has at least one call a year for new proposals, each targeting different areas of expertise. PoC for a selected project should be achieved within a 1-5 year time frame.

The area of focus for the incoming call is improvement in patient care as it applies to orthopedic trauma, spinal conditions, craniomaxillofacial surgery and veterinary surgery.

The second deadline to submit a proposal for funding in 2017 is November 15, 2017The application form must be returned before the deadline to incubator@aofoundation.org​ with all relevant documents.

Learn more in the FAQ's​​