Research & Grants

The BSSR committee would like to invite applications for the following grants aimed at helping members with a specific research project.

There will be two deadlines each year in February and September which will be annouced with at least 4 weeks notice of the deadline date. Please do consider applying for one of these awards.

If you would like to discuss any of the information above or have any queries relating to the grants then please don't hesitate to contact the responsible officer (Dr Emma Rowbotham -

Research Grant

This grant is open to full members of the BSSR and is intended for a research project furthering a musculoskeletal radiology interest.

Applications are limited to a maximum of £5000 and a protocol summary and breakdown of the associated costs is required for the application form. Projects requiring Ethics approval will need evidence of starting this process. Only one active grant may be held by any member at one time.

The Paul Butt Bursary

Preference will be given to Trainee members to assist attendance at meetings with a significant musculoskeletal content or to Trainee members who are the first author of an accepted scientific paper or poster at a conference. 

This award is normally capped at £500.

Travel/Education Grant

This grant is aimed at Full members and trainee members wishing to learn new techniques at a different centre or to particpiate in a project at a different centre to their own institution, those presenting at meetings will also be considered. Fellowship posts or OOPE which are renumerated posts will not be considered for Travel grant purposes.

These bursaries are awarded at the discretion of the BSSR Council and are normally capped at £1000.

Previous Grant Award Winners

Research Grant winners:

2001 P O'Connor & P Robinson - Comparison of symptomatic and asymptomatic rotsator cuff tears using pre and post contrast MRI

2002 P Robinson - Clinical and Imaging abnormality of the groin in soccer players

2005 P Robinson - Efficacy of intra articular steroid injection in the first CMC joint

2006 A Toms - Dynamic Contrast Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Normal Healing Tibial Fractures

2007 D Connell - Muscle stem cell study

2010 P Robinson - Evaluation of non arthrographic 3T MRI in FAI

2012 P O'Connor - Cross sectional 3T MR Study of asymmetrical hip disease in elite and professional golfers

2015 N Winn - Can shear wave elastography differentiate benign from malignant soft tissue tumours?

2016 S James - Does patient position affect lumbar spine MRI findings in elite gymnasts

2017 P Robinson - STAMINA: Study of the association between MRI pathology and pelvic pain in athletes

2017 P Robinson - Elastography in soft tissue tumours

2017 A Grainger - MRI shoulder in rugby and normal individuals

2020 N Winn - Characterization of soft tissue tumours with ultrasound, shear wave elastography and MRI

2020 E Rowbotham - Using Artificial Intelligence to evolve Osteoarthritis diagnostics

Travel Grant winners:

2001 G Allen - Ultrasound anatomical training to produce anatomy CD

2001 R Campbell - Vertebroplasty training

2003 M Warren - Vertebroplasty training

2015 N Larkman - MSK radiology in France

2016 B Chari - MSK Intervention in Strasbourg

2017 D Dalili - Travel to John Hopkins University

2017 J McKay - PET-MRI assessment of bone/synovium interactions in the knee

2019 S Chaudhary - RSNA poster presentation

2021 D Dalili - Visit to specialist centre in NIce

RCR/BSSR Travelling Professor Post

The visiting professor will be expected to undertake 6-8 visits to training programmes (COVID -19 restrictions permitting), over a period of 12 months beginning in September 2021, to deliver lectures and undertake appropriate workshops or small group teaching as part of each visit. One lecture will be recorded and made available online.

The purpose of the visits is educational: to raise the profile of MSK imaging amongst trainees, to highlight the rewards of a career in MSK, and to foster high quality MSK imaging throughout the UK. Applications are invited from experienced MSK radiologists who can provide valuable insights into day-to-day MSK practice as well as those who have a particular field of expertise or academic research.

At the end of the professorship, the successful candidate will be required to deliver a lecture at the next BSSR annual meeting.The successful applicant will be entitled to use the salutation ‘Professor’ for the term of the appointment only.

Up to £10,000

The professorship is open to MSK radiologists who are Fellows of the RCR in good standing, members of the BSSR, resident in the United Kingdom and in active clinical practice at the time of the application and the award/visits.

To apply:
Candidates should submit; a current curriculum vitae; a 200-400 word description of the applicant’s teaching record and a description of why they would be suitable for the professorship; and a list of proposed workshop/lecture titles suitable for presentation to the training programmes.

Please send all applications to by 12 noon on Monday 24th May.

8th April 2021

British Society of Skeletal Radiologists

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