Expressions of Interest (EoI) submissions open
We are investing in our future movement
As one of the very few registered charities devoted to addressing the most important gaps in research funding in bone, joint and muscle wellbeing, we must always keep investing in our future movement.
The need we serve is ever-worsening: 19m people suffer from musculoskeletal (MSK) problems in the UK, resulting in ever-lengthening NHS waiting lists, and the loss of 30m working days to the UK economy.
We want to use our funding to drive breakthrough research to reduce the burden on individuals, on workplaces, and our health system. We aim to support research capable of being translated into benefits for people. This is achieved by investing in academic and non-academic research within the following two areas:
Research with patients at its heart
It should be aimed at enhancing the quality of life for those affected by debilitating bone, joint and muscle conditions. The goal is to identify challenging areas in diagnosis and treatment, understand the underlying mechanisms involved, and develop appropriate scientific, clinical or technological solutions to address them.
We will be offering the following three types of research grants:
For more details please read our Research Guidelines.
Orthopaedic surgeons, academic scientists, physiotherapists and entrepreneurs are invited to apply.
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External peer review
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Our call for research grants opens once a year, normally to fund £500k worth of research, but it has been increased to up to £1m for the financial year 2021-22, which includes:
We fund musculoskeletal research projects that are within the following two areas:
Orthopaedic surgeons, academic scientists, physiotherapists, and entrepreneurs with registered companies are invited to apply.
You need to be employed or have a valid research contract with your host organisation. We sign our contract with UK-registered bodies: Universities, NHS Trusts, and/or Companies.
We do not sign contracts with individuals.
Yes, you can. It is perfectly acceptable to recruit your researcher until after you know the outcome of your application.
You need to have an ‘experienced’ supervisor/collaborator when applying to the ORUK early-career research fellowship. Moreover, you must get permission from your supervisor /collaborator before you submit your application.
An individual who is within eight years of the award of their PhD or MD professional training, or an individual who is within six years of their first academic appointment.
The applicants must share ORUK Standard Research Agreement with their respective University /Trust’s Research Contracts Department and/or Technology Transfer Office and agree in principle with our terms and conditions in advance of the submission of the full proposal.
Contracts are signed once the awards are approved by the Board of Trustees. We reserve the right to reject applications that do not adhere to the terms of our contract.
We only provide research funds in the UK. You can, however, collaborate with non-UK universities/individuals and include them in your application.
Yes, as long as you declare this in your application. Failure to do so may result in the 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 Research Agreement.
We do not pay full economic costing (FEC). When people donate to charity, they expect their money to be spent on research to benefit patients. This means that we only pay the direct costs of research, which may include: stipends, salaries, consumables, usage of equipment, conference attendance, publication and/or tuition fees.
PIs are free to decide how they would like to distribute the funding budget across their research project. The distribution plan must be both reasonable and justifiable. We will ask for this information in the full application stage.
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 costs are accurate before submitting your application.
Yes, you are required to submit 6 monthly interim reports to ORUK. Please see clause 6 of our Standard Research Agreement.
Please see clause 6 of our Standard Research Agreement.
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 impact of your research by taking part in our public engagement events from time to time.
You will be supported and briefed in advance.
Yes, and we may bring along our supporters with us. We will let you know well in advance.
In order to be able to demonstrate our impact and support to your research, 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.
Yes. Please see clause 19 of our Standard Research Agreement.
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.
Please take a look at the link for more guidance.