AO CMF Start-Up Grants 2025: call for preproposals

Submit by March 6, 2024


The AO CMF Research and Development Commission invites you to submit your preproposals in a wide range of research fields, including unconventional and novel projects.

Particularly favoured are proposals broadly related to basic, preclinical, and clinical research in the fields of trauma and reconstruction in craniomaxillofacial surgery. We encourage submission following the strategy of translational approaches for bone constructs and their impact on facial bone reconstruction.

Eligibility criteria for the principal investigator

This call is open to investigators from all AO clinical divisions—AO Trauma, AO Spine, AO CMF, and AO VET—who are younger than 40 years old and:

  • Within five years of the completion of their terminal degree (eg, MD, DVM, PhD, etc), or
  • Within five years of initiation of their first assistant professor position at an academic institution, or
  • Enrolled in residency programs or fellowships 


AO CMF Start-up Grants provide support up to CHF 25,000 per year with a maximum duration of two years.

Spread the word

AO CMF seeks to fund as many researchers as possible, so please inform your colleagues and associates regarding the current call for proposals.

Guidelines and documentation to prepare your submission


If a collaboration with an AO institute—the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) or AO Innovation Translation Center (AO ITC) Clinical Evidence—is planned, written approval is required; send your request to the respective institute by latest February 19, 2024.   February 19, 2024   Principal investigator  
Submission of the preproposal through the online application tool March 6, 2024 Principal investigator
Information about acceptance/rejection Mid-/end of April 2024  
Submission of the full proposal through the online application tool End of July 2024 Principal investigator
Information about acceptance/rejection of the full proposal End of October 2024 AO staff
 Start accepted research projects January 1, 2025 Principle investigator


For further information and assistance, please contact AO Network Preclinical Services (NPR) staff at

Kindly complete the online form with your preproposal project by 24:00 Central European Time (CET), March 6, 2024.

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