Apply now for the AO VET/ARI Collaborative Research Grant


29 October 2020

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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 2020 awards. Applicants must act quickly: The application deadline is 23:59 Central European Time (CET), Monday, November 30, 2020.

This grant is meant to support investigators who choose to undertake all or part of their research study at the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI). The proposed topics of applicants’ research activities 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. Ideally, grant recipients will 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. Assistance in identifying suitable ARI collaborators as well as information regarding the feasibility of your study, is offered by Dr Stephan Zeiter (, the ARI representative to the AO VET Research and Development Commission.

Available 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 2020 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. Travel and housing funds for investigators who prefer to physically participate in completing studies at ARI are not included in this funding mechanism. However, additional assistance to cover such expenses may be available through ARI’s Veterinary Research Fellowship or Sabbatical Programs.

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, 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 orthopedics
  • 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.

Applying is easy: Simply click the button below to download the application form. Applications should be submitted to Christine Bentz ( by November 30, 2020.

The AO VET Research and Development Committee

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