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 mission of promoting excellence in patient care and outcomes in trauma and musculoskeletal disorders, 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:  

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 next call for proposals will be open from September 10 until November 1, 2018.

Submitted proposals are evaluated by the AODI board​All applicants will be notified about the outcome of their project proposal.

​​For any other questions, please email the AODI team at:




How AODI supports inventors​

Financial support

Funding is granted by an indepen​dent 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 this call is improvement in patient care as it applies to orthopaedic trauma, spinal conditions, craniomaxillofacial surgery and veterinary surgery. Proposals on the following topics will be considered Out of Scope:

 Surgical instruments
 Pure research (unless it translates into product development)

After closing the call, the AODI board​ will review all received proposals, and each applicant will receive a feedback by July 2018.​

Learn more in the FAQ's​​