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




Latest news from the Osteopathic Foundation


  • Support the iO Team as they run the virtual London Marathon!

    Wondered if there are any events coming up that you can support? Why not support Halo Garrity, Matthew Rogers and Belinda Chavasse, as they run October’s virtual London Marathon and fundraise for the oF. CLICK HERE to visit the JustGiving fundraising page and to donate!




  • Shopping on Amazon?

    Just visit, select the Osteopathic Foundation as your chosen charity, place your order (same products, same prices, same services as the Amazon you know) and the Osteopathic Foundation will receive 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases. It’s really is that easy! Support the Osteopathic Foundation this Christmas.


  • The oF is currently closed to new applications for the large grant scheme. The oF will consider funding small scale projects that will complete within 12 months and are match funded. It is expected that a small number of grants will be made to exceptional projects that fit these criteria. For further information please contact Halo Garrity at


  • The first of the Osteopathic Foundation funded projects is now complete. The First Contact Practitioner (FCP) pilot, founded and run by osteopath Tim Allardyce in collaboration with Surrey & Hants MSK Collaborative (SHMC), demonstrates the ability of osteopaths to provide First Contact Practitioner services in primary care in setting. To read the full report, visit our Research and Report hub.


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


The Osteopathic Foundation’s research and education grant scheme is now closed. Look out for details of the next round of grants in Osteopathy Today and ConnectiOn
  The Osteopathic Foundation (oF) has just launched its brand-new fundraising pack full of tips…
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.


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.
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.
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.


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