Bone Research Society

Bringing basic and clinical researchers together since 1950


Awards can be publicised here free of charge.  Simply send details to

Adverts should contain a very brief description (maximum three sentences), an e-mail address or web location for obtaining further details, and the closing date.

For specific questions about awards contact the BRS Secretary


BRS Best presentation prizes

Bone Research Society

All eligible abstracts presented at the annual meeting are considered for one of the presentation prizes. Awards are given for best oral presentation, best poster pitch and best poster at the closing ceremony of the annual meeting. Eligibility criteria for these prizes is the same as the new investigator awards.
The 2020 awards will be announced in Manchester.

BRS Annual Meeting Imaging competition

Bone Research Society

The BRS imaging competition takes place at the annual meeting. BRS members are invited to submit images from their research to this popular competition. Images will be displayed throughout the annual meeting with delegates voting for their favourite. The winning image will be used as the banner image on the BRS twitter page for the next year.
2020 competition: more information available soon

Neil Mackenzie Public Engagement Award

Bone Research Society

This award is awarded annually in memory of Neil Mackenzie who tragically lost his life in a climbing accident in Canada in January 2015. It provides a bursary to support a new investigator participating in, or developing activities related to, public engagement to enhance awareness of research by members of the Bone Research Society (BRS), relating to basic, clinical or translational research in mineralised tissues.
Neil was an enthusiastic contributor to the life of the BRS and an excellent, promising young scientist. His infectious enthusiasm for research led him to serve in the past as a New Investigator representative on the BRS Committee and as such, this award honours his vigour and commitment to both the society and the bone field.
More information about the 2020 Neil Mackenzie Award will be available soon.

Nominations for the BRS Dent Lecture

Bone Research Society
Closing date: Fri 7 Feb 2020

The BRS Dent Lecture is awarded to someone who has made a major scientific contribution to field of bone research, either within the UK or internationally. They will also have made a contribution to the society during the course of their career. The recipient gives a plenary lecture at the BRS annual meeting and is awarded with an inscribed gift and certificate. The Dent Lecture may be given during a special session or as part of the Scientific Programme of the conference, whichever is more appropriate. The awardee is invited to attend the BRS meeting with all costs met by the society.
More information about the nomination process is available here:
The nomination form is available here:

BRS Barbara Mawer Travelling Fellowship

Bone Research Society
Closing date: Fri 7 Feb 2020

The primary aim of this fellowship is to enable new investigators to spend time in another laboratory to learn a technique not currently used in the home laboratory. A secondary aim is to give new investigators the opportunity to apply for their own funding, therefore experience the grant writing process. The Fellowship is intended primarily to fund travel and subsistence expenses for the duration of the visit; however a small amount of lab-based consumables maybe applied for (if applicable). The amount available per year is up to £5000 – which may be split between multiple applicants.

Applicants must be New Investigators (defined as being a current MD/PhD student or within
5 years of obtaining an MD/PhD), a current member of the BRS (both at time of applying and time of proposed travel), and have been a member of the BRS for the preceding 6 months prior to the application deadline.

More information:
Application form:

BRS Sponsored Meetings

Bone Research Society

The BRS is here to promote and foster the bone community so that the UK remains at the forefront of musculo-skeletal research and healthcare innovation. The BRS aims to bring together basic and clinical researchers so that we can provide a forum for collaboration and advancement of musculo-skeletal science and health. The aim of the BRS sponsored specialist meetings are to help realise these aims.

To apply for meeting sponsorship from the BRS, applicants should complete an application form ( which will receive an initial review by the BRS Committee within four weeks

ELIGIBILITY & TERMS OF AWARD (see for full details of Society policy)
1. The applicant must have been a member of BRS for at least 6 months prior to application.
2. Successful applications will be required to submit a report to the BRS within 3 months of the meeting. This should include the purpose of the workshop and the benefits to the BRS.
3. BRS will award up to £500 to support local meetings: normally a maximum of 3 awards each per calendar year.
4. Money will be paid once receipts have been received by the BRS treasurer.
5. BRS will only support local meetings to be held within the UK.
6. The support of BRS should be clearly acknowledged at the meeting.
7. Applications must be submitted at least 8 weeks in advance of the proposed meeting. Only applications submitted on the official application form will be considered.

BRS Carer Allowances

Bone Research Society

We realise that attending meetings and being away from home may present difficulties for those with caring duties. A grant of up to £100 is available to members who incur additional childcare or other caring costs to attend the annual BRS meeting.
The application form for the 2020 annual meeting will be available soon.

BRS New Investigator Awards

Closing date: Fri 7 Feb 2020

The BRS offers up to 10 New Investigator Awards at its annual meeting for eligible authors. If you are eligible and would like to be considered for one of these awards, please download the eligibility form (available on the meeting website) and submit it as instructed.
Eligibility criteria - Award applicants must be:
• A member of BRS (at the time of applying and during the annual meeting)
Either working towards, or within 5 years of attaining, a postgraduate degree or completion of specialist training
• A presenting author (oral or poster) at the annual BRS meeting
• Submit a summary of the highlight(s) of the BRS meeting (300 word maximum) to
Awards will be given to highest scoring eligible abstracts at the discretion of the BRS committee. The award will consist of free registration to the annual conference.

BRS Travel Bursaries

The Society uses a large proportion of its available funds to support members wishing to present their research at National and International Meetings or to attend work-related training courses. These travel bursaries take the form of part defrayment of the travel costs. Applications should be made to the Treasurer prior to starting travel, giving details of the meeting and the travel costs, along with a copy of the accepted abstract. Applicants must be members of the BRS and must acknowledge BRS support on their poster/presentation.

The level of support will be dependent upon the funds available so bursaries cannot be awarded retrospectively. Bursaries are awarded at the discretion of the BRS committee, up to £150 can be claimed to attend an international or BRS conference and up to £75 to attend a non-BRS conference. There is only one award per person, per year.
We also request that you submit a short summary of the conference/ course that the travel award was provided for (up to 300 words) at the time of submission of expenses.
To apply please email the treasurer with your BRS membership number, details of the meeting you are attending, a copy of the accepted abstract and a break down of expenditure.

ASBMR New Investigator Awards

American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

The ASBMR provides support of up to $1,500 to NI based outside the UK to present at the annual BRS meeting. NI must be a member of the ASBMR in order to be eligible.
2020 deadline: To be confirmed

BRS Award to attend the AIMM /ASBMR John Haddad Young Investigator’s meeting (Snowmass)

Bone Research Society
Closing date: Tue 31 Mar 2020

The BRS provides top up funds to help a NI attend the annual AIMM / ASBMR meeting in Snowmass, Colorado. This award will provide a contribution towards travel/accommodation costs. One award of £750 is available and is given at the discretion of the BRS committee. Applications should be made to the Treasurer prior to starting travel, giving details of the travel costs, along with a copy of the accepted abstract ( Applicants must be members of the BRS at the time of the meeting and must acknowledge BRS support on their poster/presentation.
We also request that you submit a short summary of the conference/ course that the travel award was provided for (up to 300 words) at the time of submission of expenses.

Bone Research Society Annual Meeting

6-8 July 2020, Manchester Metropolitan University

Isabel Orriss
Meet the Committee

Isabel Orriss
The Royal Veterinary College

Epigenetics Meeting 2020
Epigenetics Meeting 2020

20 January 2020, York, UK