3 December 2024 In-person, BMA House, London Driving real-world impact from health research


We work with selected partners with the common aim of improving the health and care research landscape and driving real world impact from health research.

Our partners support BMJ Research Forum by helping to bring a broad range of attendees together from across the health and research ecosystem to connect and share learning experiences.

Below is a list of all those that partnered with us for the 2023 event.



At the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) we fund world-class, independent research in subjects from philosophy and the creative industries, to health humanities and product design. Our research addresses some of society’s biggest challenges, such as tackling modern slavery, exploring the ethical implications of artificial intelligence, and understanding what it is to be human. See the full range of the research we fund on our remit, programmes and priorities page.



The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) is the membership organisation for charities funding medical and health research in the UK. We have over 150 member charities that fund all stages of research – from the most basic to clinical trials – in all areas of health and diseases. Charities are driven by patient priorities and tackling areas of unmet need. Their work accelerates the delivery of innovative treatments to patients. We are proud of the vital role our members play in life sciences.


The Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research (CHIR)

The Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research (CHIR) produces research which supports practitioners, policy-makers, and other stakeholders facing the complex challenges of embedding healthcare innovations; that is, implementing innovations sustainably and at scale.Our research aims to develop the evidence base for improving the sustainable implementation and spread of healthcare innovations by identifying generalisable aspects and mechanisms of the way such innovations are adopted, adapted and embedded across different contexts. Our work connects the introduction of innovations to the shifting work patterns and organizational changes required to scale and sustain them in practice. By drawing on the expertise of two highly ranked Schools at City, University of London – Bayes Business School and the School of and Psychological Health Sciences – the Centre provides the interdisciplinary approach needed to analyse, evaluate and improve this dynamic process of embedding innovation.


Council of Deans of Health

The Council of Deans of Health represents the UK university and further education faculties engaged in education and research for nursing, midwifery, and the allied health professions. The Council works to advance and promote healthcare education and research for the public benefit. At any one time, our 105 members will educate around 200,000 current and future professionals and will carry out research that improves the population’s health and wellbeing. Our members are based in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, Gibraltar and the Isle of Man.


Diabetes UK’s aim is creating a world where diabetes can do no harm. Diabetes is the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time, affecting more people than any other serious health condition in the UK – more than dementia and cancer combined. There is currently no known cure for any type of diabetes. With the right treatment, knowledge and support people living with diabetes can lead a long, full and healthy life. For more information about diabetes and the charity’s work, visit www.diabetes.org.uk


F1000 Logo

F1000 is a scholarly open research publisher established in 2013 and offers a unique publication model designed to ensure all research outputs are as accessible, usable and reusable as possible, thus accelerating the impact of that research. We work in partnership with many research funders, institutions and societies across the globe, including the European Commission, Wellcome, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the American Nuclear Society, to develop bespoke publishing solutions to help them to achieve their open research ambitions. F1000 also has its own portfolio of open research publishing venues available to researchers from across all disciplines who wish to publish all of their research outputs openly, including F1000Research, Routledge Open Research, Open Research Africa and Health Open Research. F1000 is wholly owned by the Taylor & Francis Group, an Informa Group company.
Find out more here: F1000.com / @F1000.


Fight for Sight Vision Foundation

Fight for Sight is a leading UK eye research charity which funds grant programmes and capacity building initiatives including Project Grants, Small Grant Awards, Fellowships and PhD Studentships. As of 1st April 2023, Fight for Sight merged with the Vision Foundation with the aim to build a charity dedicated to a single, unifying mission to save sight and change lives. It is a mission that reflects two urgent questions everyone faces when they receive a diagnosis of sight loss. Those questions are: ‘How do I stop this?’ and ‘How do I live my life?’ Together we will be the only independent UK-wide funder changing lives through grant investment in ground-breaking scientific research and funding for innovative services for people with sight loss.


The Health Foundation

The Health Foundation believes that health is our most precious asset. Good health and wellbeing enables us to live happy, fulfilling lives and frees us up to achieve our potential. It fuels our prosperity – a healthy and productive labour force is the engine that powers our economy. And it helps to build a stronger society by enabling us to play a full part in family life, make social connections and contribute to our communities.

Our health is shaped by a range of factors including our early life, the work we do and the income we earn, the education we receive and the homes and places we live in. The health and care system should support good health and wellbeing by enabling everyone to access the high-quality treatment, care and support they need, when they need it.

Yet, good health remains out of reach for too many people in the UK. Improvements in life expectancy have slowed. We compare poorly with other leading nations on some important aspects of our health, such as cancer and heart disease. Deep inequalities in health between our poorest and wealthiest communities have widened. Meanwhile, health and care services are under huge pressure and struggling to provide access to timely, high-quality care.

It doesn’t have to be like this. By valuing our health as an asset, investing in health and care services and focusing on the wider factors that shape our health and drive inequalities, we can build a healthier nation.


HSR UK is a self-supporting membership organisation dedicated to the promotion of health services research in policy and practice. The collective voice of UK health services research, we connect researchers with health service leaders, managers and clinicians to drive improvement and innovation in the NHS and care system.


Innovation Launchpad Network+

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded Innovation Launchpad Network+ brings together leading universities, the Catapult Network and regional innovation ecosystems and enriches the exchange of ideas and knowledge across these organisations. By bringing together cross-functional teams from across academia and the Catapults, the Innovation Launchpad Network+ will play a key role in providing a pipeline of new understanding. The Innovation Launchpad Network+ will identify and create a range of engagement opportunities to enable academic researchers to collaborate with the Catapults, grow the maturity of new technologies, tools and techniques and disseminate the new understanding created across the Catapult Network. A key part of our vision is to enable collaboration between individuals and groups who are yet to engage with the Catapults.

Primary goals:

  • Encourage engagement between academia and the Catapults
  • Deliver the Researchers in Residence (RiR) scheme

Secondary goals:

  • Promote mobility
  • Support knowledge exchange activities



LifeArc is a self-funded medical research charity. We help progress promising early-stage science to the next stage of development. Ultimately, we seek to get new medical breakthroughs to patients faster. As experts in drug and diagnostics discovery, technology transfer, and intellectual property, we collaborate and provide funding, research and expert knowledge in 5 health areas: global health, respiratory health, neurodegeneration, rare diseases, and childhood cancer.


Marie Curie

Marie Curie is there for anyone with an illness they’re likely to die from, and those close to them. Whatever the illness, wherever you are, Marie Curie is with you to the end. The charity brings 75 years of experience and leading research to the care they provide at home, in their hospices and over the phone. And they push for a better end of life for all by campaigning and sharing research to change the system. Marie Curie is a charity working across the UK and needs your support to do their vital work.



At the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) we fund, enable and deliver world-leading health and social care research that improves people’s health and wellbeing, and promotes economic growth.


Parkinson’s UK is here for everyone affected by Parkinson’s. It’s the largest European charitable funder of Parkinson’s research. Driven by people with Parkinson’s, scientists and supporters, fundraisers and families, carers and clinicians. Working together to improve lives and find a cure.



Thiscovery is an online platform for improvement and innovation that lets us all collaborate with the health and care system to understand problems, gather evidence, build shared visions, co-design solutions, and evaluate them.