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BOA Orthopaedic Surgery Research Centre (BOSRC) and The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS)

Providing Methodology Support for Clinical Trials Development

The BOSRC (BOA Orthopaedic Surgery Research Centre) has been initiated to support the BOA (British Orthopaedic Association) in its strategic aim to develop and expand the portfolio of trials in the UK related to trauma and orthopaedics. To view the BOA Research Strategy, please visit Following a competitive selection process, the BOA has funded YTU to provide multidisciplinary support for the development of clinical trial protocols and grant applications for submission to funders.

We will provide methodology support and grant writing advice to orthopaedic surgeons in order to develop their research idea into a fundable proposal.

To allow best use of the resources we have available, support for developing grant applications will be prioritised based on key criteria:

  • Does the work address an important question to patients and clinicians?
  • Does it address a clear gap in knowledge?
  • What is the feasibility of the proposed clinical trial?
  • What is the potential to secure funding?

Prioritisation of topics for taking forward by the BOSRC will be undertaken by senior staff at BOSRC in consultation with the BOA Research Committee. In evaluating the importance of the question we will take into account the priorities of patients, carers and surgeons as identified through research priority initiatives such as the James Lind Alliance.

The York Trials Unit is also a member of the Royal College of Surgeons Surgical Trials Initiative, a network of seven surgical trials units across the UK supporting new surgical trials. For more information please follow this link to the Royal College of Surgeons.  

Ongoing Trials

Orthopaedic Surgical Trials

Trials in Other Surgical Specialties

The team

The team draws on the wider expertise of the researchers within YTU depending on the requirements of individual grant applications.

Accessing support from BOA

If you are a clinician or group of clinicians working in the field of orthopaedics and have a clinically important research question, we can provide you with support and advice in designing a clinical trial and seeking research funding.

To help in prioritising which research ideas we can support, all requests should be made using the BOA collaboration form (MS Word , 61kb). Please email completed forms to



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