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

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

For specific questions about awards contact the BRS Secretary

To be eligible for BRS carer and travel awards, you need to be a BRS member for at least 6 months prior to applying.

Barbara Mawer Travelling Fellowship 2023

Bone Research Society

The principal aim of the Barbara Mawer Fellowship is to enable New Investigators (NIs) to spend time in another research group to learn a new technique or otherwise benefit from a specific expertise that is not currently available in their host laboratory/institution.

The Barbara Mawer Fellowship also gives NIs the opportunity to personally apply for funding, and gain experience of 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 may be included in the application (if applicable). The total amount available per round is up to £3000 – which may be split between multiple applicants at the discretion of the BRS Committee.

The applicant must have been a BRS member for at least 6 months.

Two awards will be made in 2023 with the following deadlines:
31st January 2023
30th June 2023

To apply email the completed application form to by the advertised deadline. Please click on "read more" below to download the application form.


Neil Mackenzie Public Engagement Award 2023

Bone Research Society

This prize 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 members participating in, or developing activities related to, public engagement. The overall aim is to enhance awareness of the basic, clinical and/or translational research that is undertaken by members of the Bone Research Society. Members, and in particular New Investigators, are invited to submit an applications now for this Award.

Details for the 2023 award will be made available soon.


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 (basic and clinical), best poster pitch and best poster (basic and clinical) at the closing ceremony of the annual meeting. Eligibility criteria for these prizes is the same as the New Investigator Awards.

Judith Adams Imaging Award

Bone Research Society

The BRS Judith Adams imaging award takes place at the annual meeting. The imaging award has been renamed in dedication to Judith's eminent standing as a musculoskeletal radiologist. Judith’s passion and energy for bone research was infectious and we, together with her family, believe this is a fitting tribute to Judith who was a longstanding supporter of the Bone Research Society, a leader in her field and wonderful mentor to clinical and non-clinical scientists across the globe.

BRS members are invited to submit images from their research to this popular competition. We invite images from across the breadth of BRS members work, molecule to whole body. 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 and recipient awarded a gift voucher.

The 2023 competition will run as part of BRS/ECTS 2023 and more information will be available soon.

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.

Applicants must be a BRS member for at least 6 months prior to applying.

The application form for the 2023 annual meeting will be available soon.

BRS Travel Bursaries

Bone Research Society

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 (for at least 6 months) 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.

Funding available from Orthopaedic Research UK

Orthopaedic Research UK

Includes Joint partnership funds:
ORUK/Versus Arthritis: AI in MSK Research Fellowship 2023
BHS/ORUK MSK Grand Challenge Award 2023
ORUK/RCSEd Research Fellowship 2023


Dent Lecture Nominations 2023

Dent Lecture nominations 2023

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. The recipient gives a plenary lecture at the BRS annual meeting.

Please email the complete nomination form to by the advertised deadline.

Please click on "read more" below to download the nomination form.

Deadline for nominations is Friday 24th February 2023.


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

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Janet Brown
University of Sheffield
Clinical ordinary member

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