Research Priorities

Many funding bodies use research priorities to strategically target resources towards areas that most urgently require evidence and that are compatible with their research goals. It is recommended practice that applicants consider a funding body's priorities when they are applying for research funding.

The MACP plans to actively encourage applicants who apply for MACP awards and bursaries to consider published research priorities (see below) as part of their justification for undertaking and seeking funding for a particular research project.

Examples of research priorities;
In 2018 the CSP in conjunction with the James Lind Alliance (JLA) physiotherapy priority setting partnership (PSP) announced the top ten priorities for physiotherapy research. This piece of work brought together patients, carers and clinicians to identify and prioritise research in different areas of healthcare. See the following web page for information;

Arthritis Research UK funds research studies related to arthritis-related conditions and musculoskeletal conditions including pain. Their objective for 2020 is:

To improve the quality of life of people with arthritis so those seeking help from ARUK are enabled to make informed choices and supported to realise their decisions so they can say ‘I’m in control, independent and recognised’.’

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network (RASN): The RASN is based in the USA and is a non-profit organisation of health professionals and ‘RA warriors’ who aim to support those with RA to live full and happy lives.

The Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP), This is a division of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). The ARHP is for nurses, and AHPs and provides information on research and education. One of their priorities is to; ‘promote outstanding inter-professional rheumatology research.’ 

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) commissions and funds research focusing on improving outcomes in health and social care. One stream of funding of particular relevance to physiotherapists is the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) External Devices and Physical Therapies Panel. In addition the Public Health Research programme funds multidisciplinary research aimed at improving the health of the public and reducing inequalities.;