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Helping you find research opportunities that encourage development of the science and practice of rheumatology.

Research is a key part of our daily function, helping to deliver excellence in rheumatology care.

Besides the registers, guidelines and other quality improvement initiatives, there are professional development opportunities available throughout the year.

These range from research funding to visiting fellowships and relevant courses.

Research Funding Call

This is for members who have not had any substantial involvement with research to date; the award gives you access to an early-career research project funding opportunity.

This is for members who have not had any substantial involvement with research to date; the award gives you access to an early-career research project funding opportunity.

Areas prioritised for support in 2020 were:

  • Guidelines: we recommended that there should be a consistent format for research recommendations in published guidelines. We should support research work which then undertakes some preparatory work in relation to these recommendations prior to research funding submission

  • Data: we recommended that support be prioritised for research proposals which are predominantly or wholly based around the use of BSR data (registers, audit)

  • Paediatric and adolescent rheumatology: there is less scope for paediatric and adolescent rheumatology in terms of guidelines and data, so we recommended that this should also be a specific area of focus

Key focus areas for research proposals were:

  • Health services research

  • Chronic pain including fibromyalgia

  • Rare diseases including impact of COVID-19 on rheumatology patients

  • Proposals involving multidisciplinary teams are also particularly welcome

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Visiting fellowships

Week-long fellowships held at a research centre of excellence in the UK, hosted by a BSR member

Due to COVID-19 and its impact on the NHS and research centres across the UK, we are not offering this fellowship in 2020. We hope to be able to offer this educational opportunity to members again in 2021.

Open to all members, this can be used as a first exposure to a research environment or for members with previous experience in research, who wish to access specific expertise at a centre other than their own, to allow them to develop a fellowship or research proposal for other funders.

We work with UK EULAR Research Centres of Excellence for these fellowships, but applications for visits to other centres will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Travel, accommodation and subsistence is covered, with a suggested maximum application of £1000, depending on location of awardee and centre.

Our rheumatology researchers mentoring scheme is targeted to support a wide range of potential researchers to develop their academic interests and career ambitions.

Whether you are an experienced consultant looking to move into an academic career, an early career researcher, or have no research experience but an interest or idea you’d like support to develop, then we encourage you to apply.

The scheme is intended to encourage autonomy and self-development and mentors are not expected to collaborate on projects.

Find out more about mentoring