Arthritis Society - Strategic Operating Grants LOI

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

Strategic Theme I: Improving our understanding of arthritis and finding the cure
Research under this theme will seek to improve our understanding of the causes of arthritis in order to develop new approaches to alleviate the pain, prevent and/or slow the progression of disease, restore joint function, and eventually cure those affected by arthritis.
Research programs relevant to Strategic Theme I will have a main objective of:

  • Understanding arthritis and arthritis pain pathophysiology and identifying therapeutic opportunities;
  • Identifying and characterizing risk, and causal factors and/or development of arthritis and arthritis pain (including: biologic and endogenous factors; physical environment; and, psychological, social and economic factors);
  • Discovering, developing and evaluating diagnostic (early detection), prognostic and predictive markers and technologies (such as imaging, diagnostic and other assessment tools) of disease (including: biomarker discovery and evaluation);
  • Discovering, developing and evaluating potential therapeutic interventions in model systems and preclinical settings. (Including: pharmaceuticals; biologics; gene/cell/tissue therapies; medical devices; surgery (including joint replacement); and physical agents – including physical therapy, radiotherapy, ultrasound, laser and phototherapy).

Important Dates:

Online Research Grants Portal open: Late February 2019
Letters of Intent (LOI) submission deadline: April 15, 2019, 5:00 PM EST
Notification of LOI results: mid-June 2019
Online Research Grants Portal open: mid-June 2019
Full Application submission deadline: August 25, 2019, 5:00 PM EST
Notification of decision: mid-December 2019
Funding start date: January 1, 2020



Agency Name: 
The Arthritis Society
Contact Name: 
Penny D'Agnone
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The maximum grant per application is $120,000 annually for up to three (3) years ($360,000 total). These grants are non-renewable.
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External Deadline: 
Monday, April 15, 2019
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