The guidelines and all relevant documents will go live
The theme for ORUK Research Fund: “Rehabilitation solutions for musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions with a preference towards technology-driven solutions benefiting patients, having had or likely to require joint replacement surgery”
Why this theme?
Impaired MSK health is responsible for the greatest loss of productive life in the workforce compared with other non-communicable diseases, commonly resulting in early retirement and reduced financial security. According to the data generated by the Office for National Statistics, MSK disorders account for 8 million working days lost per year. Many elderly experience multi-morbidity and long-term conditions; this increases with age and is often more common among those in lower socioeconomic groups. As a result, there are still many issues to be resolved and a considerable amount of research is needed in order to build our understanding of MSK conditions so that we can improve outcomes for patients.
All Proposals must be submitted from UK based research institutions.
Grants will vary in size and duration (maximum £50K per annum). This is dependent on the nature of the research carried out.
The applicants must share ORUK’s Standard Academic Agreement with their respective University’s Research Contracts Department and Technology Transfer Office to approve and agree with our terms and conditions before full proposal submissions. We reserve the right to reject applications that do not adhere to this process.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
The guidelines and all relevant documents will go live
EOI Academic applications open
EOI Academic applications close
Successful EOIs announced
Full application submission
External peer review
Results announced – All projects will receive an e-mail from ORUK
Scientific Advisory Committee meeting
Final Decision by the Board of Trustees
Our call for research grants opens once a year, normally to fund £500k worth of research.
Please see the list of members here
We believe that a thematic approach would enable us to review applications more effectively and increase the chance of generating a positive impact for patients.. We choose our themes based on their societal needs and organisational priorities.
Please take a look at the following link for more guidance.
The TTOs are meant to facilitate the process of bringing research developments to market, often acting as a channel between academia and industry. We ask all our researchers to establish a point of contact with their TTO to assist them with the progress of their research journey in order to achieve meaningful benefits for patients.
No, unless the PI has given you permission to submit the application on their behalf.
We have recently updated our Standard Academic Agreement in accordance with the Association of Medical Research Charities’ revised guidelines, specifically around intellectual property (IP) terms and conditions. Your University must agree to these terms and conditions before you’re able to submit your full application. We reserve the right to reject your application if you fail to adhere to this process. ORUK will not be negotiating these terms and conditions.
Ph.D. researcher: Maximum £25k per year over 3 years, i.e. £75k
Post-Doc researcher: Maximum £50k per year, over 2 years, i.e. £100k
Clinical research fellow: Maximum £50k per year, over 2 years, i.e. £100k
Unfortunately, we do not support the MSc study stream.
Unfortunately, we no longer support the MD study stream.
We only provide funds to UK Universities. You can, however, collaborate with non-UK universities and include them in your application.
No, it is not a requirement. However, if you haven’t got one, we strongly encourage you to find one through the TTO. Please see Q5.
Yes you can, as long as you declare this in your application. Failure to do so may result in termination of your grant. Before introducing any new funders to your ORUK project, you must first seek our permission. Please see clause 8 of our Standard Academic Agreement.
We do not pay full economic costing (FEC). When people donate to charity, they expect their money to be spent on research to ultimately benefit patients. This means that we only pay the direct costs of research, which may include: stipends, consumables, conference attendance, publication and/or tuition fees.
We do not provide ad-hoc grants to cover the cost of attending your conference. You may include this cost amongst other items when applying for a research grant.
No -You must ensure your costings are accurate before submitting your application.
Yes, you are required to submit 6 monthly interim reports to ORUK. Please see clause 4 of our Standard Academic Agreement.
Please see clause 9 of our Standard Academic Agreement.
Please become our ambassador
An engaged patient is an informed patient and we believe our researchers should play a major part in ensuring that they communicate their research effectively with the general public. You are therefore required to help ORUK with the effective dissemination of the results of your research by taking part in our public engagement events from time to time. You will be supported and briefed in advance.
Your effective public engagement would essentially help us with the successful delivery of our fundraising campaigns. Communicating your findings with the outside world through different means can lead to a better-informed society that is more likely to contribute and engage with life-changing research. You will be supported and briefed in advance about this.
Yes, and we may bring along patients and supporters with us. We will let you know well in advance.
In order to effectively demonstrate our impact and support to your project, it is necessary that you duly acknowledge us in all your presentations and publications arising from your ORUK grant.
You will need to inform us immediately.
Absolutely. Please see clause 21.3 of our Standard Academic Agreement.