FOREUM Call for research proposals on Innovative and sustainable models of patient-centered and patient-driven care in rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders


The Foundation for Research in Rheumatology (FOREUM) recognizes the need for innovative and sustainable models of care in the field of rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders (RMDs). We are pleased to announce the next call for research proposals focused on developing and implementing scientific research-based patient-centered and patient-driven approaches to improve the care and well-being of individuals living with RMDs. This call aims to stimulate impactful scientific research that revolutionizes the way care is delivered, ensuring that it is tailored to individual needs and supports long-term sustainability.

We encourage scientific proposals that address the following areas:

  1. Patient-Centered Care:
  • Develop and evaluate models of care that prioritize the individual needs, preferences, and goals of people living with RMDs.
  • Investigate interventions that enhance patient engagement and shared decision- making, empowering individuals and families to actively participate in patient’s care.
  • Explore scientific strategies to improve communication and collaboration between healthcare professionals and patients, fostering a strong partnership.

2. Patient-Driven Approaches:

  • Support scientific projects that enable patients to play a more active role in managing their condition and accessing the necessary care and resources.
  • Support scientific projects that enable patients to play a more active role in developing research questions (tailored on the specific needs of their peers – people living with RMDs), thus becoming future partners in the research process.
  • Investigate the impact of patient-led scientific initiatives, support networks, and peer-to-peer interventions on the overall well-being and quality of life for people with RMDs.

3. Sustainable Care Models:

  • Propose and evaluate science-driven innovative care delivery models that optimize resources, increase efficiency, and promote long-term sustainability.
  • Investigate scientific strategies to address the ethical considerations, information sharing, and privacy issues associated with implementing technology-driven care models.
  • Propose scientific models that can have a broad implementation across European countries.


Call text

Application forms:

Letter of Intent
Lay Summary

Application forms must be submitted as two PDF files named Year_Month_Day_Name_Last Name_LOI/Lay Summary.

Call timeline - Closed

  • Call issue: 25 September 2023
  • Closing date for Letter of intent: 05 November 2023
  • Decisions on Letter of intent announced:  12 February 2024
  • Closing date for full proposals: 14 April 2024
  • Decisions on full proposals announced: 01 July 2024