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Our Research Funding Call supports members with little or no previous engagement with research; this award helps them develop their research career.

This research funding award supports you in moving to the next level in your research career. It:

  • helps you progress towards fulfilling your long-term career goals
  • links you into research opportunities
  • supports multidisciplinary team (MDT) aspirations in research
  • provides a clear support and development commitment from us, and;
  • strengthens the UK rheumatology research base
The award is for short pieces of research work (six months to a year), and is for either a standalone research project or a pilot study, which could lead to a larger grant or PhD application.

The work can be undertaken full-time or part-time; we suggest project proposal costs of £20k-£40k.

Areas prioritised for support in 2021 are:
  • Research recommendations resulting from published BSR guidelines
  • Using BSR registers or audit data
  • Paediatric and adolescent rheumatology
  • Important research areas identified by members are: health services research, chronic pain (including fibromyalgia) and rare diseases, and COVID-19 impact on rheumatology patients

Submit application

Submit your application

Deadline: 28 October 2021

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Applicant information

Who can apply

  • Open to all members and any role within the rheumatology MDT; proposals involving MDT particularly welcome; previous winners cannot apply

  • Applications based on recommended areas of research will be given priority

  • Applications are assessed in relation to our strategy and strategic aims

How to apply

Submit your completed application form, research proposal (no more than three pages) and two-page CV to by 28 October 2021

Reviewing process

  • Shortlisting (early November): applications shortlisted by panel and notified; shortlisted applications undergo full peer review

  • Peer review (mid-November): shortlisted applications sent for external peer review

  • Interviews and presentations (end November-TBC): if needed, awarding panel invites successful applicants to present and answer questions at virtual interview

  • Funding decisions (December): applicants notified of panel's final decision