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The fire of arthritis scorches lives. It robs six million Canadians of their mobility, mental and physical well-being, and in some cases, their livelihood. It is Canada’s most common chronic condition, and there is no cure.  Arthritis is a problem desperately looking for innovative solutions.

Thanks to the support and generosity of our funders, the Arthritis Society is investing in high-risk, high-reward research, collaborating on social impact projects and accelerating the success of innovators by getting their solutions to those that need them most.

Three Pillars  

1. Ignite Research  

Arthritis researcher with patientWe have created Ignite Research Grants to support exceptionally creative scientists pursuing breakthrough research with the potential to unlock novel, transformative, lasting impacts.

High-risk, high-reward research is the key to unlocking better diagnosis, better treatment and management, and ultimately, a cure.

Learn about our Ignite Research Grants

2. Social Impact Program 

Light bulbWe have created the Social Impact Program to sustainably deploy innovative therapies, programs and interventions. We’re reaching out to researchers and clinicians across the nation, asking them what they have that could positively impact the lives of Canadians living with arthritis. We will partner with them to unleash their solutions to solve wicked system-wide problems like navigation, inequitable access to care, disability at work, reducing wait times and more.

Through strong partnerships, Social Impact projects will create sustainable, long-term improvements for people with arthritis.

Learn about the Social Impact Program

3. Ideator Program 

Globe with iconsWe have created the Arthritis Ideator Program to uncover and tap into bright and emerging talent. We’re challenging entrepreneurs to invent and tailor practical solutions that could provide tremendous benefits to people living with arthritis. 

We will accelerate the success of innovators, getting their solutions to those that need them most. 

Learn about the Arthritis Ideator Program