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Strategic Operating Grants (SOG)

Grants to Canada Academic Researchers at Institutes,
IHEs, and Agencies for Arthritis Research Projects

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The Arthritis Society

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Deadline Date:

09/01/21 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Canada academic researchers at institutes, universities, and health care agencies to support arthritis research. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for research that aligns with the priorities of the Arthritis Society.

The Strategic Operating Grant (SOG) program provides funding to support research proposals aligned with the Arthritis Society's priorities.  The Arthritis Society’s new Strategic Plan 2020-2025: Accelerating Impact - Research Strategy aims to identify research avenues that focus on areas of highest priority to patients and achieve the highest levels of scientific excellence and rigour.  Applications must focus on innovative research efforts in the following priority areas.

  • Arthritis pain research in:
    • Improving understanding of the underlying mechanisms of pain
    • Translating basic science discoveries into practice
    • Improving techniques to measure pain
    • Developing new and more personalized treatment approaches
    • Alternative approaches to pain management including research on medical cannabis from basic science, clinical, health services and policy perspectives
    • Improving self-management tools and technology enables to help manage and communicate about pain
  • Osteoarthritis (OA) research in:
    • Improving understanding of what cause different forms of OA, including the underlying biological mechanisms and how the disease progresses
    • Understand sex and gender differences in patients with OA
    • Developing new and more personalized treatment approaches
    • Developing more effective self-management tools
    • Improving health services and systems
    • Reducing health disparities in vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations
  • Inflammatory arthritis (IA) research in:
    • Improving understanding of what causes different forms of IA, including the underlying biological mechanisms and how the disease progresses
    • Developing new and more personalized treatment approaches
    • Improving strategies to manage symptoms
    • Developing more effective methods to support patient-physician communications
    • Improving health services and systems
    • Reducing health disparities in vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations
  • Childhood arthritis research in:
    • Improving understanding of what causes childhood arthritis, how to detect it earlier, and diagnose it most effectively
    • Developing new and more personalized therapies that are safe and effective
    • Innovations to improve transitions in care as children navigate from pediatric to adult healthcare settings and improve unique quality of life issues through other life changes (e.g. education, employment)
  • Work-related research in:
    • Providing a strong evidence base to inform workplace policies and accommodations
    • Ensuring that employees and employers have effective tools and resources to communicate how to manage chronic conditions in the workplace
    • The prevention of workplace disability and the most effective accommodations

The Arthritis Society strongly values the voice of consumers in research, both in their inclusion in grant applications and the peer-review process.  Applicants are encouraged to consider this in their submission and are encouraged to integrate input from consumers in the development of research questions and/or design as appropriate. Productive engagement of consumers in the conduct, analysis and/or dissemination of the research should be described, where appropriate. 

Applicants should account for sex as a biological variable and/or gender as a sociocultural determinant of health in basic science, clinical, health service and population health studies where appropriate. Applicants will be required to articulate this within their application. 

What this grant funds:

Grants for research will be awarded to projects deemed worthy of support, provided that the basic equipment and research facilities are available in the institution concerned and that it will provide the necessary administrative services. Such awards will be granted for the purchase and maintenance of animals, expendable supplies, minor items of equipment, payment of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and technical and professional assistants, open access publication costs, research travel and permanent equipment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188368

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant per application is $100,000 annually for up to three (3) years ($300,000 total).

Term of Contract:

Grants are for up to 3 years.
Funding start date: January 1, 2022
These grants are non-renewable.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered eligible for this award applications must be submitted by an eligible Principal Investigator (PI) an eligible Canadian Host institution as defined by the Arthritis Society. The roles and responsibilities of the Principal Investigator and Host Institution in the management of the Arthritis Society’s research and training funds are defined on the Arthritis Society’s website.

An applicant must hold a firm academic position (as a primary appointment) which allows the individual to engage in independent research activities for the duration of the project and includes the ability to supervise trainees and publish research results.

A researcher designated as the Principal Investigator must be based in, or formally affiliated with, an eligible Canadian Host Institution such as a university, research institute or health care agency. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates, Adjunct Professors or Status only appointments (except where they hold a firm academic position at another Canadian institution), technical support staff, or investigators based outside of Canada are not eligible to be a Principal Investigator. Both the Principal Investigator and executive authorities of the Host Institution are required to agree to the terms of the Host Institution/Arthritis Society Agreement included as part of the application, thereby acknowledging and agreeing to all the responsibilities and obligations outlined in that Agreement.

Grant applications may contain requests for the support of professional assistants or research associates. It is recognized that research associates may often be key personnel in a research program. However, any person holding an academic rank equivalent to Assistant Professor or higher cannot be considered to be a professional assistant or research associate and therefore may not be paid from a grant.

These grants do not provide for personal salary support of the Principal Investigator (PI) and/or Co-applicants nor for institutional overhead costs.

For more eligibility information, see Eligibility and Requirements:

Pre-Application Information:

- Online Research Grants Portal open: March 1, 2021
- Letters of Intent (LOI) submission deadline: April 12, 2021, 5:00 PM EST - Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
- Notification of LOI results:mid-July 2021
- Online Research Grants Portal open:mid-July 2021
- Full Application submission deadline:September 1, 2021, 5:00 PM EST
- Notification of decision: mid-December 2021
- Funding start date: January 1, 2022

There is a limit of one SOG application per Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigator in a competition. In addition, a PI can only hold one grant or award across all Arthritis Society or partnered competitions (excluding Arthritis Centre grants) as PI/Co-PI at any time. Applications for subsequent funding can be submitted in the final year of a current grant.

The onus is on the applicant to indicate the extent (or absence) of overlap. Funding overlaps with other agencies may result in a reduction in funding from the Arthritis Society.

Eligibility and Requirements:

Accelerating Impact - Research Strategy:

Sex and Gender in Health research resources and training modules:

Arthritis Society website:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, contact:

Arthritis Society
393 University Avenue, Suite 1700
Toronto, ON M5G 1E6
General Inquiries:
Toll-Free: 1.800.321.1433

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Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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