Arthritis Society - Strategic Operating Grants (SGO)

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 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.

Research programs relevant to Strategic Theme II will include intervention research, observational studies and systematic reviews with a main objective of:

  • Primary prevention of arthritis (including: individual characteristics, risk behaviours and influences, public policy and educational interventions/programs; environment; nutrition; and, vaccines);

  • Treatment and disease management in clinical, community or population settings (including: pharmaceuticals; biologics; gene/cell/tissue therapies; medical devices; surgery; physical agents – including radiotherapy, ultrasound, laser and phototherapy; physical, behavioural, and complementary therapies);

  • Researching the individual's care (psychosocial impacts and economic consequences of disease, quality of life, management of pain and other symptoms, education), self-management (attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of health care providers; decision making; guidelines; education; and, work) of arthritis and its outcomes;

  • Psychological, physical (PT/OT, exercise), lifestyle, coping (adaptations, accommodations) and complementary treatments, programs and interventions;

  • Investigating influences and implementation issues related to screening;

  • Evaluating the organization, governance and delivery of arthritis health care services, the impact of (local, regional and national) health policy and the economics of health care as well as studies into health care research design, measurement and methodologies.

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 II 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: Apr 9, 2018
Letters of Intent (LOI) submission deadline: May 14, 2018, 5:00 PM EST
Notification of LOI results: Early July 2018
Online Research Grants Portal open: Early July 2018
Full Application submission deadline: Aug 27, 2018, 5:00 PM EST
Notification of decision: By Dec 15, 2018
Funding start date: Jan 1, 2019



Agency Name: 
The Arthritis Society
Contact Name: 
Penny D'Agnone
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Pending available funds, the Arthritis Society will fund up to five (5) grants. 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, May 14, 2018
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