Helping advance musculoskeletal science
We aim to fill the most important gaps in research funding in bone, joint and muscle well-being. We fund innovative research projects in the UK that expand knowledge, improve patient outcomes and pioneer new forms of diagnosis and treatment.
We fund MSK research to:
Improve patient outcomes
Pioneer new forms of treatment
Ease the burden on the NHS
Develop our understanding of MSK conditions
Support a healthy ageing society
Our latest research funds
The ORUK Early-career Research Fellowship
This fund will provide a total of up to £440k to cover four fellowships over two years. It is designed to support the brightest and best academic talents interested in advancing MSK research in the UK. The aim is to establish researchers’ academic independence and international reputation, support them to become future MSK leaders and encourage them to become ambassadors for ORUK.
It is open to early-career clinical and scientific academics who have successfully completed their PhD or MD.
The ORUK Inspiration Fund
This fund will provide a total annual investment of up to £250,000 to cover five research projects. It is designed to support innovative projects that meet patients’ unmet needs and help them achieve a better quality of life. These projects must aim to reduce MSK pain, improve function, reduce healthcare costs and improve quality of life. They must involve patients (or data linked to patients) with bone, joint or muscle conditions, must be evidence-based and take place in the UK.
It is open to orthopaedic surgeons, scientists and physiotherapists.
The Ronald Furlong Fund
This annual fund of £100,000 is designed to support the development of one innovative and commercially viable idea from a UK-based start-up that solve the unmet needs of society around bone, joint and muscle wellbeing. The chosen idea must be backed by evidence-based research or include the development of such research and be supported by business and financial plans.
It is open to passionate and driven start-ups with game-changing ideas.
Joint Partnership Funds
Through partnership with organisations that are strategically aligned with our vision, we jointly fund several research schemes to support researchers in our MSK community.