Growing research in geriatric medicine is a priority area. Currently, involvement of geriatricians in research lags behind other specialties. The reasons for this are multifactorial, but a lack of training infrastructure within geriatric medicine higher specialist training is contributory. This is widespread across European countries and internationally. The Geriatric Medicine Research Collaborative (GeMRC) offers an opportunity to engage trainees in research, regardless of their previous individual research experiences. Utilising national trainee networks, GeMRC is able to conduct large-scale projects within short periods of time that can have real impact upon patient care. We consider that embedding GeMRC within higher specialist training with formal college support will assist to upskill trainee geriatricians in research methodology. Collaboratives are internationally recognised across disciplines. Expansion across European and international countries offers the opportunity for international collaboration in geriatric medicine. International trainee-led networks will enable the conduct of large-scale global projects in geriatric medicine.© The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Geriatrics Society. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.