Our Research Strategy
We aim to bring about real improvements to the lives of people living with osteoporosis and are committed to investing money into research that will have maximum impact in the future.
We’re the only UK funding body solely focused on research into osteoporosis. We know that research holds the key to a better future for the estimated three million people in the UK affected by the condition.
Our Research Strategy will help to progress the Charity's four key aims to Care, Support, Prevent and Cure osteoporosis and is built on three core goals:
- Research that makes a difference
- Supporting researchers
- Research for people affected by osteoporosis
To focus our research, we've identified 10 core areas for funding and we're now inviting researchers to submit proposals for their projects to help us work towards these key priorities.
Developing our strategy
Last year, we decided to take some time to review the impacts of the research we have supported and funded over our first 30 years. We wanted to understand how we could make even more of a difference to people's lives through research.
As part of the review process, we listened to people living with osteoporosis, researchers and health care professionals, as well as the many people who regularly give their time to us through our advisory committees.
We learned a very great deal through the review process. For example, 80% of the people who responded to our survey 'A Good Life with Osteoporosis' in 2015 told us that a major priority for the charity should be to support and raise funds for research. We also found out that for researchers committed to the field of bone health, the time when they really need support is when they are transitioning to undertaking independent research.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who helped us with the development of our Research Strategy.