Inspiration Fund

We are investing in our future movement

As one of the very few registered charities devoted to addressing the most important gaps in research funding in bone, joint and muscle wellbeing, we must always keep investing in our future movement.

The need we serve is ever-worsening: 19m people suffer from musculoskeletal (MSK) problems in the UK, resulting in ever-lengthening NHS waiting lists, and the loss of 30m working days to the UK economy.

We want to use our funding to drive breakthrough research to reduce the burden on individuals, on workplaces, and our health system. We aim to support research capable of being translated into benefits for people. This is achieved by investing in academic and non-academic research within the following two areas:

  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment

Research with patients at its heart

The research we fund should be aimed at enhancing the quality of life for those affected by debilitating bone, joint and muscle conditions. The goal is to identify challenging areas in diagnosis and treatment, understand the underlying mechanisms involved, and develop appropriate scientific, clinical or technological solutions to address them.

The purpose of the Fund

Designed to support innovative and patient engaging projects, addressing patients’ unmet needs. Projects should aim to reduce MSK pain, improve function, decrease healthcare costs, and improve quality of life.

  • Must involve patients (or data linked to patients) with bone, joint or muscle conditions
  • Must be an evidence-based research project
  • Must take place in the UK
  • Funding of up £50K over 1 year

Help & Support

The supervisor plays a key role in helping with the writing and structure of the application, as well as offering support during the research.

Who can apply?

Orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists, AHPs and scientists.

How many projects do we normally fund?

Up to five (dependent on the quality and requested budget).

Supporting documents

Expression of Interest (EoI) online application form

Guidelines for researchers

When is the deadline?

The application form must be submitted by no later than Monday, 5 June 2023 at 17:00.

To Apply



Help us continue funding research

The generosity of our donors will help us fund innovative research projects in the UK that expand knowledge, improve patient outcomes and pioneer new forms of orthopaedic treatment. Your support makes a real difference to the lives of millions of people suffering poor orthopaedic health, today and into the future.