AO VET/ARI Collaborative Research Grant 2023: call for projects

Deadline: June 4, 2023

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AO VET members actively pursuing musculoskeletal science research have a unique opportunity to get their projects funded, thanks to two new, 12-month AO VET/ARI Collaborative Research Grant 2023 awards.

Applicants must act quickly: The application deadline is end of the day Central European Time (CET), Sunday, June 4, 2023.

This grant is meant to support general research and surgery-related clinical research that will be undertaken completely or in part at the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI). Projects should relate to unanswered questions in veterinary and/or comparative orthopedics, and the methods to be used should be aligned with ARI resources and expertise.

Available funding:

Funds are limited, and investigators are advised that proposed annual budgets should not exceed CHF 35,000 for a period of up to 12 months. It is anticipated that up to two awards will be granted in the 2024 funding cycle. Follow-on funding for a second year may be available but will be determined through a competitive application in the next award cycle.

Please note that the funds can only be used for the component of research completed in its entirety at ARI in Davos. One investigator per funded project has the opportunity to visit ARI in Davos, Switzerland, for a 2-week Research Traveling Fellowship to share knowledge and meet and network with many people with the same interest. The scholarship covers the travel and accommodation expenses for a visit of up to 2 weeks in Davos.

The AO VET Research and Development Commission requires that the investigator visiting the ARI installations send a motivation letter describing the objectives of their collaboration with ARI.

Who can apply?

This call is open to all clinical divisions such as CMF, Spine, Trauma and VET.

Grants are also available to surgery residents who are encouraged to apply in collaboration with a more senior colleague.

Grant recipients are encouraged to actively participate in the physical completion of the study at ARI. Alternatively, they may ask collaborators at ARI to complete the research on their behalf while remaining actively engaged in carrying the research to its completion. Assistance in identifying suitable ARI collaborators as well as information regarding the feasibility of your study is offered by Dr Caroline Constant,, the ARI representative to the AO VET Research and Development Commission.

How to apply?

Simply click the button to download the application form. Applications should be submitted to Tania Bosque at by June 4, 2023.

Application process

Applicants’ proposals must be submitted in English and may not exceed the number of pages indicated in the application form. The following topics must be covered:

  • Abstract of the research project
  • Outline of the problem
  • State-of-the-art in this field
  • Applicants’ past research in this field
  • Overarching goals, hypothesis, open questions, the aim of the project
  • Detailed research plan
    • Study subjects, specimens, or materials
    • Effect and outcome variables
    • Methods for taking measurements, data management, and statistical analysis, including estimation of sample size and power
  • Relevance of the project and description of the expected impact of this project on veterinary and/or comparative orthopaedics
  • Timelines
  • Relevant literature by the applicant and by other authors
  • Budget and budget justification

Please note: If live animals are to be used in a proposed project, AAALAC compliance is required in accordance with AO policy.

Lastly, applicants must currently be AO VET members.