Working in partnership

Working in partnership

We work in partnership with others to maximise the impact of our research funding and allow us to achieve more than we could do on our own. We work with organisations across the UK and abroad including other research funders, universities, hospitals and commercial organisations. Some examples of our exciting partnership work are highlighted below.

Arthritis Research UK MQ Fellows award

We joined with mental health research charity, MQ: Transforming Mental Health, to award a fellowship to Dr Sam Norton at King’s College London in 2016. The project aims to create an app to help healthcare professionals track symptoms and identify people with rheumatoid arthritis at risk of ongoing problems, including mental health issues. We awarded the 2017 MQ fellows award to Dr Jessica Eccles from Brighton and Sussex Medical School, who will be creating and testing a new therapy to treat anxiety in people with hypermobility. We will be looking to fund more fellowships alongside MQ.

Medical Research Council

The MRC funds research across the biomedical spectrum, from fundamental laboratory-based science to clinical trials, and in all major disease areas. We have a long-standing funding partnership with the MRC, including:

  • MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research
  • MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing
  • Arthritis Research UK-MRC Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work

We also have a number of other co-funded strategic awards, as well as the latest partnership to fund a clinician scientist fellowship in the musculoskeletal research field, which hopes to further build on musculoskeletal research leadership in the UK.

National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)

The NC3Rs are a government-funded independent scientific organisation with the goal of reducing the numbers of animals used in research and improving the quality of animal research. Together we have identified that animal models of arthritis have potential for further application of 3R relevant technologies or approaches.

To address this, we’ve come together with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to co-fund and co-sponsor a NC3Rs CRACK-IT challenge. CRACK IT Challenges are competitions that fund collaborations between industry, academics and SMEs to solve scientific and business challenges involving animals. The title of the CRACK-IT challenge is 'Osteo-Chip: an in vitro model to recapitulate the human osteoarthritis joint', it aims to develop an advanced in vitro model of the human osteoarthritic joint.

Design Council SPARK

We partnered with the Design Council for their SPARK product innovation fund - a fast track programme that provides mentoring and bespoke training to help UK-based product inventors to develop their products for market. The 2017 award was given to Geoff Rolandsen for his invention of the Workey key turner, which is a product that helps ease the use and management of keys, with particular benefit to those with reduced hand dexterity.

Visit our news for researchers page to keep up to date with the latest news on our research partnerships.

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