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Current Funding Opportunities

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Our research funding is always contingent on the generosity of our donors, and while the financial implications of the current pandemic have yet to be fully appreciated, we anticipate it will influence our available research funding envelope. The 2020-21 research programs descriptions are listed below. Note: Our 2020-21 research programs are now closed.

  • Strategic Operating Grants

    The Strategic Operating Grant (SOG) program provides funding to support research proposals aligned with the Arthritis Society’s 2020-2025 Research Strategy. The Arthritis Society will be accepting applications relevant to five research priority areas: pain, OA, IA, childhood and work.

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  • Stars Career Development Award

    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 provides funding to support research proposals aligned with the Arthritis Society’s 2020-2025 Research Strategy. The Arthritis Society will be accepting applications relevant to five research priority areas: pain, OA, IA, childhood and work.

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  • Training Postdoctoral 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 2020-2025 Research Strategy. The Arthritis Society will be accepting applications relevant to five research priority areas: pain, OA, IA, childhood and work.

    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.

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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 2020-2025 Research Strategy. The Arthritis Society will be accepting applications relevant to five research priority areas: pain, OA, IA, childhood and work.

    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.

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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

    Please note that the CRA (CIORA) Grant is not being offered in 2020-21. 

    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

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  • 2020-2021 Applications For Geoff Carr Lupus Fellowship

    Members of Lupus Ontario have established an annual fellowship in memory of their colleague, the late Geoff Carr. The fellowship is designed to provide advanced training to a rheumatologist specializing in lupus at an Ontario lupus clinic. 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. Candidates must arrange their own place of training at an accredited lupus clinic in Ontario for one year.

    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 Advisory Committee. Lupus Ontario administers the Fellowship.

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

    Applications for the academic year 2020-2021 must reach Lupus Ontario no later than December 18, 2019.

    Please email research@arthritis.ca 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 research@arthritis.ca.

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

Please note that all applicants must have an existing account or register for an account.