The Osteopathic Foundation









Welcome to the Osteopathic Foundation

The Osteopathic Foundation (The OF) is a charitable trust set up to advance osteopathic practice by funding education, research and by promoting productive relationships both within and outside of the profession, for the benefit of the public.

The Foundation achieves this through the provision of interest-free student loans to assist with the cost of osteopathic training and research grants, and have provided almost £700,000 of support since 2001.

The OF also funds the work of the National Council for Osteopathic Research –

Registered Charity Number: 313785

To find out more about the Osteopathic Foundation, click on one of the subject areas below:


The official signing of stewardship with (From left to right) Maurice Hills, former Chairman of the Osteopathic Education Foundation, Doctor Jonathan Shapiro, new Chairman of the Osteopathic Foundation and Robin Lansman, President of the Institute of Osteopathy. The official signing of stewardship with (From left to right) Foundation and Robin Lansman, President of the Institute of Osteopathy.
Established in 1947 as the Osteopathic Education Foundation (OEF), the trust is founded on the belief that the future of the osteopathic profession is dependent on its academic advancement and its ability to demonstrate therapeutic credibility.
The governance of the Osteopathic Foundation is the responsibility of the Institute of Osteopathy (iO), which is the corporate trustee for the charity.  The Council of the Institute has established the Osteopathic Foundation Board with delegated authority to manage the affairs of the Foundation, including the consideration and distribution of grants and loans.
Since 1947, The Osteopathic Foundation has been assisting osteopathic students to complete their training in the event that they fall on hard times. The scheme provides undergraduate students with interest-free loans and is also open to post-graduate students on MSc and PhD courses.


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Applications for the first round of grants funding from the Osteopathic Foundation have now closed. We would like to express our sincere thanks to all those who took the time to apply. Please check this page regularly, for information on when the next round of grants funding will commence.
As a charity, the Osteopathic Foundation is entirely dependent on the good will and generous contributions of the osteopathic community and the public. You can support our work by taking part in a fundraising activity and seeking sponsorship or by making a single or regular donation.



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