Joint Partnership Funds

Scale through partnership

Expanding the impact of our annual investments by encouraging co-funding from strategic partners.

Our latest joint-funding opportunities

BASK/ORUK Research Fellowship 2024

The British Association for Surgery of the Knee (BASK) and Orthopaedic Research UK (ORUK) are delighted to announce applications are open for their joint 2-year research fellowship. 

The aims of the funding are to deliver a programme of high-quality knee-related research and to develop the careers of future research leaders in knee surgery.

This research fellowship of up to £130k is funded between the two organisations for a period of 2 years. It is aimed at individuals with an interest in research into any knee area. The applicant or supervision team should include a BASK member, and successful candidates would be expected to become a member of BASK, if they are not already. 

Applications will be a single stage process application form closing on 5 July, followed by interviews for shortlisted applicants on the week of 23rd September. Award decisions are expected to be made by the end of September 2024. The role is planned to commence by no later than September 2025.

The deadline for applications is Friday 5th July 2024.

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BOA/ORUK Research Fellowship 2024

The British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) and Orthopaedic Research UK scheme will award two fellowships of up to £65k for a project in any area of orthopaedics. Funding will be available for salary (maximum £60k) or as a stipend at UKRI levels. Research projects in any aspect of orthopaedic surgery or surgical care will be considered, including basic science, diagnosis, treatment, surgical technology, AI, logistics or audit. The research can be self-contained or part of a wider research programme and should be integral to the applicant pursuing a higher degree.

The BOA and ORUK are both fully supportive of diversity and inclusion. We are particularly keen to promote and encourage applications from individuals that wish to undertake their research flexibly or less than full-time (minimum 0.5 FTE).

Eligibility criteria

Applications are open to BOA members at the following membership grades:

  • any trainee grade (must have passed MRCS part B and have an ortho NTN)
  • post-CCT members (who have completed CCT but not been appointed to a substantive consultant post by 24 March 2022)
  • SAS surgeons


The applicant must have been a member for at least 3 months prior to applying. One or more proposed supervisor must also be a BOA member.

What is funded?

Funding is available for:

  1. Either a salary or stipend for the fellow:
  2. salary maximum £60k for one year including NI and on-costs,



  1. stipend at UKRI levels (currently £15,609pa + £2,000 London allowance, if applicable).
  2. Tuition fees, research consumables, and travel are permitted. This is expected to be a maximum of £10k across the duration of the Fellowship.

Selection process

Applications must be submitted by 12 noon on 29 April 2024

Short online interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held (via video conference) in July 2024. You will need to be available on this date and timings will be confirmed around 2 weeks beforehand.

Find out more about the eligibility criteria and selection process here

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BASS/BSS/ORUK Spine Research Fellowship 2024


The British Scoliosis Society (BSS), The British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS), and Orthopaedic Research UK (ORUK) are pleased to announce a new, 2-year spine research fellowship.

This fellowship of up to £70k is funded between the three organisations across a period of 2 years. This will require a leave of absence from clinical roles and / or training with agreement of employers or training programme directors.

The fellowship is aimed at individuals with an interest in research into any spinal area. It is open for applications from any individual who is already a member of BSS or BASS or would be eligible to apply for full membership commensurate to their seniority within their professional group. Our approach is inclusive, and we would welcome applications by allied health professionals (AHPs) and nurses along with medical doctors (consultants and trainees).

It is envisioned that this role will be full time and will result in the awarding of an MD, or equivalent higher degree, in partnership with a UK university, along with high impact papers in recognised journals.

Application process

Applications will be a single stage process, with those successful invited for interview. The role is planned to commence in August 2024 and no later than March 2025.

Applications will be judged on the research idea presented, the prospective research fellow and their ability to deliver the research, and the supporting mentors / supervision team.

Read more in Guidelines for Researchers.

The closing date for applications is Friday 3 May 2024 at 17:00.

The full application online form can be accessed here.



Further information can be gained via the research leads:

BSS – Adrian Gardner at

BASS – Pal Lakshmanan at   



Joint Orthopaedic Research UK (ORUK) and Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) Fellowship

Applications for the Joint ORUK/RCSEd Research Fellowship in Orthopaedics are invited from suitably qualified and experienced young surgeons in the field of Orthopaedics. The funding for the one-year fellowship is currently up to £60,000 per annum and provides salary, National Insurance and superannuation costs.  

The project must be undertaken in the UK and start within the year the Fellowship is awarded.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must be a Member or Fellow of the College in good standing.
  • Surgical trainees who are within a year of completing the MRCS and intend to join the RCSEd are also eligible.
  • We welcome applications from Speciality Doctors and Specialist Grade Doctors (SAS) in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery.
  • If you have been awarded the Joint RCSEd/Cutner Research fellowship in Orthopaedics in the past, you are not eligible to receive the Joint RCSEd/ORUK Research Fellowships in Orthopaedics.
  • Projects that have been previously considered by the committee cannot be presented again, unless they have been substantially changed.
  • Previously funded applicants, including those funded by ORUK and/or RCSEd through other grant schemes, cannot apply again for funding for the same project.


Application process:

Only submissions through the online form will be considered. As part of the application, a brief curriculum vitae must be filled out and applicants should detail their contribution to the College. The application form must be countersigned by the applicant’s Head of Department/Supervisor and Administrative Authority (Finance Officer, Secretary of Institution, etc.), of the institution where the research will be undertaken. The completed application should be accompanied by two letters of support from suitably qualified referees.

All applications received will be reviewed and shortlisted by the scoring committee for this fellowship. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a short online interview to pitch their proposed research project. The interview panel will comprise members of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Research Committee and the ORUK Research Committee. The interview date and time will be confirmed at least two weeks beforehand.

Applications close on 23rd May at 23:59.

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