Bursaries & Awards

Celebrating successes and innovations that change the face of rheumatology. Each year we run a programme of bursaries and awards to recognise achievements and to encourage those working to improve patient care.

Research funding call

The deadline for submissions has now passed. Successful applicants will be notified in due course.

Our annual Research Funding Call is intended to support members with little or no previous engagement with research and for whom this award will help them to pursue their research career.

This funding will:

  • Support individuals moving to the next level in their research careers

  • Aid progression towards fulfilling long term career goals

  • Link members to research opportunities

  • Support MDT aspirations in research

  • Provide a clear commitment from BSR to supporting and developing the successful applicant

  • Strengthen the UK research base in rheumatology

Key information

The award will be four short pieces of research work, between six months to a year, and is intended for either a stand-alone 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 and as a guide we suggest about £20k to £40k per project.


  • Open to all members and any role within the rheumatology MDT

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

  • Proposals involving multidisciplinary teams are particularly welcome

  • Applications will be assessed in relation to BSR’s strategy and strategic aims

Decision-making process

  1. Shortlisting (end May): Applications will be shortlisted by the panel and subsequently notified. Shortlisted applications will undergo full peer review

  2. Peer review (June): shortlisted applications are sent for external peer review

  3. Interviews and presentations (Early July – date tbc): if needed, the awarding panel will invite successful applicants to present and answer questions at a ‘virtual’ interview

  4. Funding decisions (31 July): applicants will be notified of the panels final decision

Recommended research areas

  • Research recommendations resulting from published BSR Guidelines

  • Using BSR Registers or Audit Data

  • Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology

  • Important research areas identified by members: health services research; chronic pain (including fibromyalgia) and rare diseases