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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

Deadline: 25 May 2020

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 2020 are:

  • 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, including impact of COVID-19 on rheumatology patients

Who can apply

  • Open to all members and any role within the rheumatology MDT; proposals involving MDT are particularly welcome

  • This oppportunity is not available to previous award winners

  • Applications based on our 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 research@rheumatology.org.uk by 25 May 2020

Reviewing process

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

  • Peer review (June): shortlisted applications sent for external peer review

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

  • Funding decisions (mid-July): applicants notified of panel's final decision

Download the application form



Application form