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The 2018-19 research programs descriptions are now available. The online Portal is expected to open the week of April 9, 2018.

  • Strategic Operating Grants

    The Strategic Operating Grant (SOG) program provides funding to support research proposals aligned with the Arthritis Society's priorities. Consistent with the Arthritis Society’s 2015-2020 Research Strategy, Requests for Applications (RFAs) for SOGs will be made available by theme (typically one theme a year). The Arthritis Society will be accepting applications relevant to:

    Strategic Theme II: Improving the care and management of arthritis
    Research under this theme will seek to uncover new knowledge that will inform better ways to optimize the health of people with arthritis through improved treatment, management and self-care strategies.

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  • Stars Career Development Award (NEW)

    The Stars Career Development award has been created to firmly establish the career of early career investigators. This salary and research funding represents a three (3) year commitment by the Arthritis Society, together with an additional three (3) year commitment by the applicant’s Host Institution.  The program is intended to promote creativity in all domains of arthritis-related research responsive to the Arthritis Society’s strategic priorities. Applicants should review the two research themes set out in the Arthritis Society’s 2015-2020 research strategy:  (1) improving our understanding of arthritis and finding the cure, and (2) improving the care and management of arthritis.

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  • Training Post-doctoral Fellowship

    The Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides support for highly qualified postdoctoral fellows to engage in research that is in an area of clear relevance to arthritis and the Arthritis Society's 5-year research strategic plan. Fellows will train under the supervision of an arthritis researcher who qualifies as a Principal Investigator as defined by the Arthritis Society. Applications are to be completed and submitted by the fellow, under the close supervision of the proposed supervisor. The training program must include actual involvement in conducting research. It is expected that the fellow will be spending at least 75% of his/her time conducting research during the tenure of the award. Fellows enrolled in programs oriented toward clinical training focused on research are eligible for these awards.

    Successful applicants will also be invited to participate in the Arthritis Society’s Annual Trainee Workshop. The intent of the workshop is to augment the young investigators’ training by providing a forum to share their research, gain knowledge on select topics such as consumer engagement in research, and provide networking and mentorship opportunities.

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  • Training Graduate PhD Salary Award

    Salary awards are offered to graduate students who are undertaking full-time research training in an area of clear relevance to arthritis and the Arthritis Society's 5-year research strategic plan. Applications are to be completed and submitted by the candidate under the close supervision of the proposed supervisor. The supervisor must be an arthritis researcher who qualifies as a Principal Investigator as defined by the Arthritis Society. The training program must include actual involvement in conducting research. Students enrolled in programs oriented toward clinical training with no research thesis are NOT eligible for this award.

    Successful applicants will also be invited to participate in the Arthritis Society’s Annual Trainee Workshop. The intent of the workshop is to augment the young investigators’ training by providing a forum to share their research, gain knowledge on select topics such as consumer engagement in research, and provide networking and mentorship opportunities.

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  • Arthritis Centre Grants

    This funding opportunity recognizes the critical role of the Rheumatology divisions in improving the lives of those living with arthritis, and the importance of the Arthritis Society’s collaboration to engage and support people living with arthritis.

    This funding opportunity aligns with one of the Arthritis Society’s primary areas of focus to build and support a pipeline of strong researchers. Proposal objectives must support capacity building programs with an aim to increase the number of academic rheumatologists in Canada and/or to support research training in rheumatology.

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  • CRA (CIORA) - AS New Clinical Investigator Grants

    The CRA (CIORA)-AS Clinician Investigator Award is intended to provide new clinician investigators, within 5 years of a full time clinical faculty appointment, with what would usually be their first opportunity, upon completion of post graduate training, to demonstrate their ability to initiate and carry out independent research of clear relevance to arthritis, before becoming involved in carrying out the full clinical, teaching and research duties expected of a regular member of the university staff.

    Awardees are expected to complete a research project during the term of this salary award. The proposed project must be of clear relevance to rheumatic diseases and be aligned with one or more of the research pillars under the Canadian Initiative for Outcomes in Rheumatology Care (CIORA) grant program.

    • Awareness/Advocacy/Education
      1. Health Economics/Sustainability of Health Care/Quality Improvement
    • Early Access for rheumatic diseases Patients
    • Multi-Disciplinary Care Teams

    Please visit the CRA website for a full description of this award.  The deadline date is May 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm EST.


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  • 2019-2020 Applications For Geoff Carr Lupus Fellowship

    Members of Lupus Ontario (formerly known as the Ontario Lupus Association) have established an annual Fellowship in memory of their colleague, the late Geoff Carr. The Fellowship is designed to train a rheumatologist to be an expert in the management of patients with lupus. The Lupus Fellow will follow patients at an accredited lupus clinic, supervise patient care and education, and become involved in clinical research. The stipend attached to the Geoff Carr Lupus Fellowship will be $65,000 Cdn. per annum. Candidates must arrange their own place of training in Ontario.

    The successful candidate will likely have completed his/her core training in Internal Medicine or Pediatrics and have completed a minimum of two years in rheumatology.

    Awards are made on the recommendation of the Arthritis Society’s Medical Advisory Committee. Lupus Ontario administers the Fellowship.

    To download information about the fellowship, click here: RFA and application form.

    Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 must reach Lupus Ontario no later than December 14, 2018.

    Please email [email protected] if you have any questions or require further clarification.

If you have any questions about the research program or if you would like to be added to our mailing list for future funding opportunities, please contact [email protected].

All applications to any Arthritis Society program must be submitted via The Society’s online grant management system.

Please note that all applicants must register for an account, as we switched to a new online grant portal as of 2017.