Young Investigator Research Grant Award

The AO Spine NA Young Investigator Research Grant Award is available to new investigators who have a desire to perform high-quality, clinically-relevant spinal or spinal cord research in basic or clinical science. The purpose of these grants is to encourage new investigators by providing start-up funding.

Prerequisites & eligibility

See guidelines for complete information. Primary applicant must be:

  • Physician, surgeon, or researcher with focused interest in disorders of the spine/spinal cord
  • Within five years of clinical appointment at a university or hospital-based research institution
  • Subscribing member of AO Spine

Funding & deliverables

See guidelines for complete information. Each award will be in the amount of $20,000.  The number of awards provided per calendar year is based on the allocation of funds determined by the AO Spine NA Board of Directors.

Successful applicants must agree to present their research findings at the Annual AO Spine North America Fellows Forum the following year. A progress report regarding the research project must be submitted six months after the work commences. A final report must be submitted at the end of the twelve-month period and should include a description of the grant’s accomplishments and an accounting for the funds received under the grant. 

How to apply

Applicants will submit the completed application form in an email to Information required for the application includes:


  • Proposal details (abstract, research question, objectives, methodology, etc.)
  • Budget for proposed project period
  • Biographical sketches 
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