- (1) Newcastle University, grid.1006.7
- (2) University of Warwick, grid.7372.1
- (3) Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust, NR4 7UY, UK.
- (4) Jichi Medical University, grid.410804.9
- (5) Monash University, grid.1002.3
- (6) Aalborg Hospital, grid.27530.33, North Denmark Region
- (7) National University of Singapore, grid.4280.e
- (8) Chinese University of Hong Kong, grid.10784.3a
- (9) Durham University, grid.8250.f
Trauma and orthopaedics is the largest of the surgical specialties and yet attracts a disproportionately small fraction of available national and international funding for health research. With the burden of musculoskeletal disease increasing, high-quality research is required to improve the evidence base for orthopaedic practice. Using the current research landscape in the United Kingdom as an example, but also addressing the international perspective, we highlight the issues surrounding poor levels of research funding in trauma and orthopaedics and indicate avenues for improving the impact and success of surgical musculoskeletal research.